In this Spring 2015 issue of the journal, we bring together an important collection of topics that expand beyond the usual boundaries of our field of prenatal and perinatal psychology. We delve into homeopathicremedies for birth trauma, explore pregnancies where babies have lethal conditions, and look at postpartum depression from a family systems perspective and in the context of pressures to be “supermom”. In our interview, we discuss birth issues in this country against the larger backdrop of other social movements. We hope that this issue inspires the reader to consider how far our field reaches and how much more there is
In their paper that begins with the title, “We want what’s best for our baby,” researchers Denise Côté-Arsenault, Heidi Krowchuk, Wendasha Jenkins Hall, and Erin Denney-Koelsch provide us with an in-depth look at the unique parenting experience of those who discover their unborn babies have lethal conditions during pregnancy. Their poignant research on this challenging situation offers an important glimpse of an understudied area of prenatal parenting.
An important contribution to this issue comes from Jamie E.Banker’s paper, “Interpersonal Aspects of Postpartum Depression.” Banker broadens how postpartum depression is viewed by providing arich literature review on the topic as well as bringing forth a muchneeded relational perspective on this prevalent disorder.
Postpartum depression is again the focus in a paper from Jennifer Senator. She investigates the current state of screening for postpartum depression in new mothers in Harrisonburg, Virginia, from both the clinician’s and the mother’s perspective.
In our Clinical section, Jonathan Breslow details a number of case studies in which the effects of prenatal or birth trauma were successfully treated by homeopathic medicine. His work with homeopathic medicine provides a natural, non-allopathic treatment for the negative impact of birth trauma years after the event.
In this issue, author Suzanne Arms is interviewed by our associate editor, Kerry Francis. In this inspirational discussion, Arms describes how her personal journey with birth trauma and healing intersected with the major social movements of recent decades. She makes a case that birth is the “nexus of virtually every major issue” and emphasizeshow critical it is to focus our resources on “getting it right at the beginning of life” in order to affect meaningful change toward a sustainable future.
As always, we welcome your feedback as readers. Please let us know what interests and inspires you as you make your way through this everexpanding field of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health.
Kerry Francis, MA
Kate White, MA
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.