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Publication Date: 
06/2019

Thomas Verny, MD, APPPAH co-founder and Kate White, MA, APPPAH Director of Education presented at the Human Baby, Human Being conference held in Bristol, England June 8-10, 2019. They each offered post conference workshops as well.  Organized by Conscious Embodiment Trainings and Ehealth Learning, The Human Baby, Human Being conference was a landmark conference for professionals interested in the long-term effects of prenatal and birth experiences. It brought many diverse audiences together such as such as midwives, doulas, body therapists, osteopaths, lactation consultants, educationalists, pediatricians, psychologists and psychotherapists who are interested in the baby’s experience of conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum. The presenters were innovative pioneers who have changed the understanding of the importance of how our womb and birth experience impact us as human beings and represented the emerging field of prenatal and perinatal psychology.

Thomas Verny’s presentation was The Transgenerational Transmission of Trauma, and his post conference workshop was Introduction to Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. Kate White presented Demystifying the Practitioner Experience of Working with Babies with her colleague, Judy Terwilliger, and gave a baby bodywork post conference workshop, Baby Dynamics: A Full Spectrum Approach to Working with Babies.

Other presenters included Ludwig Janus, Cherionna Menzam-Sills, Anna Verwaal, Matthew Appleton, Jenni Meyers, Klaus Kaeppeli-Valaulta, Thomas Hart, Kate Rosati, and Binu Singh. All the conference talks were recorded and they are available through Whole Being Films Elmer Postle (see https://wholebeingfilms.com/product-category/conferences/). You can get 25% off the conference and workshop recordings with the coupone code APPPAH25PC. Topics ranged from psychological and historical approaches to understanding prenatal and perinatal psychology, to integrated approaches combining lactation, midwifery, and early imprints. Innovations included baby bodywork, working with families, understanding the baby’s story and great overviews on why this work is important to many fields of practice. APPPAH thanks Matthew Appleton, John Wilks and Jenni Meyer, and all the stewards from Conscious Embodiment trainings who helped make the conference happen and encourages them to organize further workshops.