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Hélène David, D.Ps.
University of Montreal, Canada,
Francois Borgeat, M.D., M.Sc.
University of Montreal, Canada
Jean-Francois Saucier, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Montreal, Canada
Hélène David, D.Ps., Francois Borgeat, M.D., M.Sc., and Jean-Francois Saucier, M.D., Ph.D., all teach and carry out research at the University of Montreal. Address correspondence to Dr. Hélène David, Department of Psychology, University of Montreal, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
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.