Welcome to the first issue of Volume 3. Due to our increasing membership, as well as the large numbers of libraries and institutions who subscribe to the Journal, we have been able to enlarge our Journal from 64 to 80 pages. This change will enhance the quality of the Journal as well as provide us with the opportunity to publish more articles, more quickly. So, if you have an idea for a paper or have been delaying finishing a paper, act now; write it and send it to us. We promise to be kind to your brain child.
In the present issue Rima Laibow discusses some very important theoretical constructs as they relate to attachment theory and the psychotherapy of children. Her article also introduces us to the relatively new approach of Holding Therapy originated by Dr. Martha G. Welch in Connecticut. Though much has been written recently on the psychological effect of ultrasound on the pregnant mother, Gary Brown's paper is the first, as far as I know, that deals with the effect of fetal imaging on the father.
Our readers are probably familiar with the works of Lewis E. Mehl. His book Mind and Matter and the one he wrote with Gayle Peterson called Birthing Normally are classics in holistic health and childbirth education. Lewis' present contribution is a good example of his total approach to the care of pregnant women. It is must reading for providers of prenatal programs.
One of the major goals of PPPANA is to humanize medical practice as it impacts the pregnant mother, birth, and the newborn infant. Donald C. Tyler, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Seattles' Childrens' Hospital, addresses the issue of pain management of the neonate. This is the first of a series of articles that we will publish on this subject. I think the treatment of infants in Intensive Care Units, as well as surgical interventions without proper anesthesia on newborns, and now, increasingly on unborn children is scandalous. It is up to us to raise the consciousness of our colleagues in pediatrics, obstetrics and anesthesia to a new level of appreciation of the sense and sensibility of these young human beings they now treat as if they were mindless vegetables.
Many of you have heard by now of waterbirth. Jeannine Parvati Baker describes in "Halley's Waterbirth" the birth of her sixth child. This is a very personal account and some of you may feel that it does not belong in a scientific Journal. If you do, let me know. My reason for including it is that I think that science without heart can lead to heartless scientists. I believe that we need to balance both in ourselves and in our Association our left brain with our right brain functions.
Thomas R. Verny, M.D.
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.