With the light beginning to wane and autumn drawing near, we have the opportunity to pause, reflect, and harvest a deeper self-awareness. Thus, the contributions to this issue offer us a greater understanding and larger view of what we — as pre- and perinatal practitioners working in this field — are doing and where we are headed.
Michel Odent, MD, contributes an excellent piece that examines what impact the ever-rising c-section rate may have on the future of humanity. As always, his writing is supported by extensive research in the field of primal health.
We are pleased to share an article written by Dr. Thomas Verny, founder of APPPAH. Dr. Verny weaves together perspectives from epigenetics, immunology, nanotechnology, and clinical psychology to demonstrate how memory can be stored beyond just nerve cells of the brain. He explores how cellular memory in the body lends credence to the existence of prenatal memory.
We are also pleased to include an excerpt from the dissertation of Patricia Lucas, PhD, Prenatal and Perinatal therapists’ Experiences of the Psycho-therapeutic Alliance: A Mixed Method Exploration. Her questions of practicing prenatal and perinatal practitioners, and their qualitative results elucidate the attributes of our profession, answer the question: what are the qualities of a PPN practitioner? Further, she brings to light their experiences in their practices. We at APPPAH want this to be a beginning discussion. Please join us.
In this issue, Dr. Verny is interviewed by associate editor Kerry Francis (née Cerelli). The interview candidly reveals Dr. Verny’s first discoveries of prenatal memories in his clients as well as his contributions to the early history of APPPAH. He further discusses his insight-oriented clinical work with infertility issues in patients and shares his hopes for the future of the PPN field.
The film, “Two Layers of Support: Creating the Conditions for Healing,” is reviewed by associate editor Kate White. This film, created by Ray Castellino and Elmer Postle, describes supported attachment, settling in the family system, and how babies tell their birth stories. This film serves as a useful tool for those who are working with families during the childbearing years.
We hope that this fall’s issue of the journal offers a moment of pause and reflection of your own work in the field of pre- and perinatal psychology. The field is ripe with insight, skill, and understanding, and we trust that you will delight in the harvest.
Kerry Francis (née Cerelli).
JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.