Myrna Martin has been spreading the word in such far-flung US locales as Hawaii, Washington, Colorado, Virginia, DC, Alaska, and also across Canada in the past year, presenting a seminar on Prenatal Origins of Physical and Mental Health as well as facilitating Birthing Yourself process workshops. She has noticed a new level of awareness in her attendees about the vital importance of the time from preconception through age two—topics she covers in the contexts of epigenetic environmental influences, attachment, and development.
I have been amazed at the variety of people coming to my seminars and the experiential workshops and the openness they are expressing to these concepts and to the exploration of their own experience in this time frame. I am welcoming physicians, nurses, midwives, doulas, chiropractors, naturopaths, counselors and therapists of all stripes (craniosacral, psychologists, social workers, family therapists, massage therapists) and, interestingly, many people who work with children in the early years, who really want to understand what is happening for the children in their care.
Patrick Houser was interviewed by midwife Patricia Jones on the "Whole Mother" program on KPFT 90.1 FM in Houston, TX, about the central yet overlooked role of expectant and new fathers in the health and wellbeing of their children. The show can be heard at