For nearly 35 years, APPPAH and its committed members, YOU, have helped to bring birth psychology to the world. And here we are, facing a world that is fast becoming ready to understand the implications of the conscious baby and looking for guidance and leadership on how to integrate this wisdom into our daily lives.
Just as each snowflake is unique and different, so are APPPAH's members - each working diligently to move the ideas of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health forward in their area. Together, we make a great team. APPPAH needs more dedicated people working for the realization of our vision.
How You Can Help Bring More Members To APPPAH
March is Birth Psychology Month and we will have a Membership Drive then, but if you know of someone, act upon it sooner. As I've said before, if each of us would bring in just one other colleague, what a wonderful gift to APPPAH as well as to the new member. Visit the membership page here.
Our Year In Review
2016 has been another great year for further development of APPPAH's mission. We have accomplished many things this year and I'd like to take a minute of your time to share some of them with you.
Our education department has been very busy managing and improving the current 11 module online pre and perinatal education course (PPNE) and other professional development courses (see many of them below). We have over 250 students world-wide enrolled in the PPNE course. We continue to work on CEU and CME processes for your professional credits and students still receive the gift of using the Touch the Future Academy. What a unique gift in and of itself. Treat yourself to any of our educational lectures or programs, together or as a single experience, in the coming year.
The Conscious Baby Parenting Program
During 2016, many of our members were also helpful to the education department in beginning work on the upcoming Conscious Baby Parenting online program (CBP). The education department is now taking that information and finalizing details so that the on-line parenting course can be available to parents in 2017. We look forward to its launch.
In Utero Film Discussion and Resource Guide
Another major event accomplished by the education and press departments was the launch of the In Utero Film Discussion and Resource Guide in conjunction with our partner, Kindred Media, and In Utero filmmakers, Kathleen and Stephen Gyllenhaal. The film finished its year-long, international festival tour where it received many accolades and interest. The Gyllenhaals are passionate about their discovery of birth psychology and currently write a Huffington Post blog, are planning a television series called, Making Modern Babies, and are committed to producing In Utero II. The second In Utero promises to feature more on The Blueprint, as well as modalities and practices for healing and preventing trauma, as well as our capacity for resilience and a return to our Blueprint. (See the new interview with Ray Castellino discussing The Blueprint.)
Welcoming New Partners
APPPAH has continued its connection and affiliation with several organizations during this past year. Several of your board members and past presidents have given a strong presence for APPPAH throughout the world and USA. If any of you know of agencies or organizations where APPPAH may want to affiliate, please let us know so that we can continue to reach out and share the wonderful messages of APPPAH. Read more about our new partner, ICEA, and see our current network.
Our Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, JOPPAH
Every member is entitled to receive the on-line (green version) of our research journal JOPPPAH. Several members want to continue receiving the printed copy of the journal and for an additional small fee, covering our printing expenses, you can still order one. The editor of the journal, Jeane Rhodes PhD, is interested in any research (qualitative or quantitative) that you may be doing. You and your colleagues are welcome to submit your articles to Jeane at firstname.lastname@example.org.
20th International Congress in 2017
APPPAH is again holding a conference each year. Our regional conference in Seattle for 2016 was an outstanding event and you can read about the conference here. The upcoming 20th International APPPAH Congress, The Conscious Baby Emerges: Science, Medical, Psycho-Social & Somatic Discoveries, will be held Nov. 30 - Dec. 3, 2017. We will be gathering at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, CA. Register today, before the end of this year and get the "early bird" registration fee of $299. There will be many wonderful keynote and breakout sessions for you to attend. Submit your proposal for a breakout session today. This is your congress, so make it a place to show your work in this field.
Our Strategic Plan: Education, Parents and Places of Birth
APPPAH continues to work on our strategic tripod plan of the PPNE professional online program, the Conscious Baby Parenting Program and the Places of Birth, hospital and birth center program. APPPAH is working in each of these three areas to connect with organizations and groups that will help us spread the word about PPN locally and globally. For instance, APPPAH and other organizations, such as BirthKeeper, have been working with the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ACOG) to help them with some of the birth improvements they envision for the US.
APPPAH is also working to form a working alliance with the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). In May of 2017 a group of our members will be presenting a workshop to the ACNM. APPPAH even reaches out to private companies that are interested in improving the health and well-being of babies and their families. We are striving to work together in support of our mission.
United Nations and CEPP
When I took office in 2014, I indicated to the membership that APPPAH would be reaching out to similar organizations around the world to form a strong alliance to push the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG's) of the UN forward for women and girls, mothers, fathers and babies. Since APPPAH is a leader in the field of pre-conception, conception, pregnancy. birth and early parenting support, we have been very involved this year and very honor to to help create and develop the Childhood and Early Parenting Manifesto (CEPP's) alongside four of our global affiliates..
The initiative was launched December 1, 2016 and is being well received around the world. In 2017 APPPAH, with the other countries involved, will be presenting the CEPP's manifesto throughout the USA. On February 8th, 2017 we will be presenting the CEPP's initiative at the UN. We encourage you each to go onto the CEPP website and read about the manifesto and sign on your organization's support for this global work.
APPPAH's New Virtual Office
Another key aspect of our organizational efforts in 2016 is the new virtual office team developed by our administrative director, Danielle Burns. We welcome XXX to the APPPAH office team. Danielle will continue directing all admin roles, so please continue to call the office number directly for any assistance. Your question will be directed to the appropriate person or board member.
We Can't Do This Without YOU
Much of the growth of 2016 is due to the important financial gifts APPPAH has received from supporters of this work - meaning YOU. Our grant writer, Vicky Jeters, works diligently to research potential grantors, but the competition for sparse grant money is intense. So it is thanks to our many individual members and supporters that we are able to continue to create miraculous progress. Please keep sending us your donations. Every small and large donation means a lot to this work.
At the closing of this year, and the closing of this letter, I want to thank each of you for what you have done in 2016 to move this work along. I would also like to give special thanks to the wonderful board and committee members of this organization. They each work so diligently to help APPPAH grow and be supportive of you professionals and the parents we hope to reach. Together, we are a growing, dynamic community, with much to look forward to in the new year!
Sandra Bardsley, APPPAH President
Read the letters from the president online here.