2013 Congress: Welcome from Congress Chairs


November 14-17, 2013 - Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, CA The 2013 annual international Birth Psychology Congress is pleased to return to the natural beauty of Asilomar State Park in Pacific Grove, California, on the Monterey Peninsula. Within the supportive surround of salt air, ocean breezes, majestic pines, ambient sounds of the waves, and the historic rustic beauty of Asilomar‘s architecture, this Congress has a mission to highlight the sensory experiences of pre and perinatal psychology and health focusing on how the healing and creative arts play a primary role in this field. We will bring to the fore the necessity of using somatic and creative healing arts in both preventative and restorative aspects of conception, gestation, birth, and the perinatal period for babies and their families. This Congress will be a true marriage of the arts within the sciences. We encourage presenters and attendees in the fields of creative and expressive arts to attend along with psychologists, social workers, NICU staff, ob/gyn professionals, childbirth educators, doulas, pediatricians, early childhood educators, health advocates, and professionals in somatic healing practices. Please join us! Ellynne and Peg Congress Chairs Ellynne Skove is a licensed creative arts therapist and Polarity therapy practitioner, focusing on pre and perinatal health. She is the founder and director of GoGo Babies and True North Wellness, and has worked with hundreds of babies and their families providing support through the arts as well as birth trauma healing. Ellynne co-chaired the 2012 APPPAH CONGRESS. She was a guest of OMEAP at the UN Commission on the Status of Women, presented at the 2012 Motherhood & Spirituality Conference, among others. Ellynne is the mother of two. Peg Bledsoe is an Occupational Therapist who has been working with birth trauma since 1988. She has been involved in birth training with William Emerson and Ray Castellino and is training in pre and perinatal psychology. She also has had Craniosacral Training, Myofascial Release Training, and done Neurolink Integration System work.