Letter from the President

Dear APPPAH members, prospective members, and past members,

APPPAH is an important professional and lay organization that works to improve the health and well-being of our most important resources -- our mothers, fathers, and babies. Research shows that the long-term physical and psychological health of mothers and newborns is especially dependent on what happens before, during, and after conception, in the prenatal and perinatal stages, and the 12 months after birth. These primal stages are the most influential periods in the human life span. APPPAH educates professionals and parents to provide mother-baby pairs (and fathers) with what they need to prevent developmental delays and trauma. APPPAH also trains practitioners how to intervene therapeutically if emotional and developmental needs are not met, or traumas occur.

APPPAH is on the move. A key component is the 2014 Certification Training Program, which begins at the November 2013 Congress and runs until December 2014 (Module 1), and from January until December 2015 (Module 2). Completing Modules 1 and 2 leads to certification as a pre and perinatal educator (PPE). Participation in Module 3 (2016) and Module 4 (2017) require completion of Modules 1 and 2, and lead to certification as a pre and perinatal practitioner (PPP). The program is designed for maternity-care personnel including doulas, midwives, nurses, and physicians (especially family docs, obstetricians, and pediatricians). It is also for psychology and somatic professionals who diagnose, treat, and/or prevent trauma, and who apply birth psychology to the needs of babies, children, and parents. After July 30, contact Sandra Bardsley for more information (you can use APPPAH's facebook page or her email: sjbardsley1@yahoo.com). In addition, APPPAH has upgraded services for members and nonmembers, who can now purchase and download recordings from the 2012 Congress online, at APPPAH's website (birthpsychology.com), It's also possible to read 25 years of journal abstracts for free, and inexpensively download entire articles or journals (membership discounts apply).

APPPAH has also initiated a YouTube channel to increase the visibility and competence of APPPAH members, an added benefit of membership. Members are invited to submit video clips to the APPPAH office (apppah@birthpsychology.com) and, if approved by the committee, the video clips will be posted. An additional benefit is APPPAH's facebook page, which now has 1500 members. It's a wonderful way to network and have a voice. We are taking applications to manage this important site, so please contact the APPPAH office if you are interested. Many thanks to Jeane Rhodes for managing the site for so long.

The 18th International APPPAH Congress will convene at Asilomar Conference Grounds, in the woods overlooking the Pacific Ocean - a perfect destination for contemplation, learning, sharing, and networking. You'll learn how music, the arts, yoga, dance, prenatal bonding, attachment techniques, somatic techniques, and other approaches are used to prevent and treat birth distress and trauma, and improve childbirth. There will be a special celebration to honor birth artists Gary Melkin, Lisa Rafel, and David Surrenda. Many thanks to co-chairs Ellynne Skove and Peg Bledsoe for organizing such a wonderful venue and program.

Finally, the spring issue of the Journal (Volume 27, Issue 3) is posted on our website and is ready for mailing. Congratulations to co-editors Kate White and Kerry Cerelli for an excellent job.

In service of Birth Psychology,

William R. Emerson, Ph.D.