Letter from the President

Dear APPPAH Members and Prospective Members,

I want to thank all of you who came to the November 2011 Congress in San Francisco, and the volunteer staff and speakers who made it such a profound success and wonderful experience. The upcoming 2012 Congress in San Francisco, Nov 15-18 promises to augment and extend that success as we continue to build a conference structure that promotes participation by all who attend. In addition to keynote panels, keynote speakers, and half- and full-day workshops, there will be Focus Groups and Training Sessions. I would like to focus this letter on these two outstanding offerings. In my next letter, I'll describe our outstanding group of keynote speakers, and full-day and half-day workshop leaders.

I am pleased to announce that we will continue the very inspiring and popular Focus Groups that were first tried during the 2010 Asilomar Congress. During Focus Groups participants problem-solve new directions in birth psychology and report back to the entire Congress assembly. We want our members to have a voice, and to guide APPPAH into new frontiers. There are seven groups led by leaders in the field. Ellynne Skove heads up Birth and Technology discussing pros and cons of reproductive technology and ways to welcome these special babies. Jeane Rhodes leads a discussion about new frontiers in bonding and attachment theory and practice. Peter Prontzos explores ways we can get our message out through the media (mass media, independent media, and social media) and how to organize locally, nationally, and internationally to get govern- ments to incorporate APPPAH's goals (including the Healthy Baby Project). Bruce Wilson’s group will be focusing specifically on the Healthy Baby Project, one of APPPAH's key projects for optimizing the health of mothers and babies. APPPAH's public relations expert Debra Puterbaugh teaches participants how to market themselves, in order to help APPPAH members to spread the word and empower themselves. Barbara Findeisen and Phyllis Klaus return with their very popular discussion on therapy and birth trauma, and Rupert Linder rounds out the groups with problem solving ways we can build a synthesis of international efforts in pre and perinatal psychology.

We also offer Training Sessions by leading experts, open to practitioners of all types. In the trainings, we feature the dynamic Julie Gerland, who promotes prenatal solutions in some of the largest organizations in the world such as OMAEP and the United Nations. She will teach us how to optimize the flow of oxytocin and endorphins in our bodies, to reduce stress, and optimize intimacy in relationships. I, William Emerson will show video clips, share the magic of psychotherapy, and describe techniques to enhance spirituality as an essential feature in healing and transformation. Barbara Harper, a former obstetric nurse who mentors doulas and midwives, will share how natural and gentle birth is necessary for human potential. Rochelle Hirsch delineates stress fractals, belief systems that shape behaviors ranging from cravings to corporate failure and tells us how to transform fractals to achieve better relationships and empowered choices. Myrna Martin covers our early attachment styles and how they impact couple relationships, and shares simple but powerful tools to stay in attunement and love. And finally, our very own (Sonoma County) Karen Melton describes the very touching process of working with people who experience severe life-threatening traumas early on, and teaches 12 principles to assist in their healing. Please come to the November Congress and learn psychological and spiritual approaches to optimizing development and health in ourselves our children, loved ones, clients, friends, and colleagues. Do join us.

In your service, William R. Emerson, Ph.D. APPPAH President