As I write this, we are entering late summer and harvesting bounty from our garden. The artichokes are especially good this year! JOPPPAH is also harvesting the results of the efforts last spring to regrow our team. We welcome Steph DeRosier as the new formatter for the journal and as a trainee for the position of Managing Editor. Stephanie Dueger has moved into her new position as assistant editor and Barbara Hotelling has joined us as book review editor. Last, but certainly not least, Christine McKee is proving to be an exemplary peer review coordinator. Our team is once more complete and joyfully working together to bring you this fall issue of JOPPPAH.
We lead off this issue with a chapter from Michel Odent’s new book, The Birth of Homo, The Marine Chimpanzee — to be released in October in both French and English by Pinter and Martin, London. We are very grateful to both Dr. Odent and to his publisher for giving JOPPPAH the privilege of bringing you this chapter. Dr. Odent has been a friend to JOPPPAH for many years and has been frequently featured in our pages. We know his new book will be widely read and very influential. Please enjoy this wonderful advance excerpt.
Our next article comes from William Kautz, founder and director of the Center for Applied Intuition, who brings us a sensitive and revealing look into early infant death from unknown cause, commonly known as Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Dr. Kautz and his center utilized a systematic method of consensual intuitive inquiry to design a novel investigation into the causes of unexplained infant death. Their investigation indicates that SIDS can be seen as a natural occurrence, not a physical disorder or a medical disease and not a direct result of parental action or inaction. These insights might also be applied to spontaneous abortion and stillbirth. While this does not mitigate the extreme sadness and grief a family experiences at the unexpected loss of an infant, it can relieve some of the questions and guilt often associated with such an event.
Ofra Lubetzky returns to our pages with an insightful discussion of cesarean versus vaginal modes of delivery. Inspired by articles featured in recent issues of JOPPPAH from Jane English and Amy Shapira, Dr. Lubetzky focuses on the deprivation in continuity and the all-or-nothing quality of the physical and psychological stimulation associated with cesarean section delivery along with the possible influence of this procedure over a person's lifespan.
This issue of JOPPPAH launches a new section, which we are calling “From the Archives.” This new section begins with an article from Dr. Ludwig Janus that was first published in JOPPPAH in the spring of 2002 (Volume 16, Issue 3). Our purpose in this new section is not only to bring you great articles from our archives, but also to stimulate renewed discussion on topics not recently addressed in our pages. This article was chosen to launch the new section as it opens a discussion of the relationship of prenatal and perinatal psychology to society and culture.
In the Sharing Space this issue, we are featuring a paper from one of the breakout session presenters at the upcoming APPPAH Congress to be held in San Diego from November 30 to December 3. If you have not yet registered for the congress, you can do so now at https:birthpsychology.com/2017-conference/welcome. Dr. Deepti Goyal has written and will be speaking on the topic of ancient Indian literature in relation to preconception. Dr. Goyal will be doing a breakout session at the congress on Friday, December 1st, from 4:00 to 5:30 PM.
We have two wonderful book reviews for you in this issue. The first, from Antonella Sansone, reviewing a book that is currently only available in Italian, is presented because it is a fascinating topic and because Antonella hopes to assist in getting it translated into English. This review also appeared in ISPPM’s newsletter.
The second review is from former book review editor (now assistant editor) Stephanie Dueger. Stephanie reviews Annie Brook’s newest book, The Developing Infant: A Guide to Infant Mental Health and Well Being. As Stephanie is intimately familiar with the book’s author and her work, you will find this a very helpful and in-depth review.
As always, we are deeply grateful to you, our readers, for your support of JOPPPAH and encourage you to become more involved. We would love it if you could take the time to post a comment on an individual article or on the issue as a whole. You can do this by scrolling down to the bottom of the online page (after the editorial to comment on the issue as a whole or after the individual article to comment on that article). If you are not reading this online, go to https://birthpsychology.com/journals and select the issue upon which you wish to comment. We value your input and may feature your comments in upcoming issues.
Jeane Rhodes, PhD
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.