APPPAH founder and birth psychology pioneer, Thomas R. Verny, MD, appears as a featured expert in the upcoming 2015 documentary IN UTERO. The documentary, by award-winning filmmaker Kathleen Man Gyllenhaal, will premier at the Seattle International Film Festival on June 4, 2015.

According to their website, "IN UTERO is a cinematic rumination on what will emerge as the most provocative subject of the 21st Century – life in the womb and its lasting impact on human development, human behavior, and the state of the world. Epigenetics, Alice In Wonderland, The Matrix, scientists, psychologists and doctors converge to prove that we are not what we think we are. IN UTERO brings together for the first time convincing data that explains why some of us face challenges from the start while others thrive. Prepare to be surprised, intrigued, but no longer baffled by what the future holds for yourself, your loved ones, and the human race."

Dr. Verny appears in the documentary alongside birth and human development experts Gabor Mate, MD, Rachel Yehuda, PhD, Ludwig Janus, MD, and others.  You can view the trailer for the documentary here.

"Since the First International Congress of the Association for Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) was held in 1983 this organization has strongly and successfully advocated for conscious parenting from conception on.  Pre and Perinatal Psychology explores and elucidates all aspects of early human development from conception through infancy based on genetics, neurobiology, psychology and sociology. In that sense, it is a theory and practice that is unified, holistic, longitudinal and contextual. We are therefore delighted with the depiction and exploration of womb life in Stephen and Kathleen Gylenhall’s extraordinary new film, IN UTERO," states Dr. Verny. "The film perfectly reflects the growing awareness in multiple fields of science of this until now much neglected and yet profoundly critical developmental phase. Every health professional and every would-be parent will benefit greatly by viewing IN UNTERO."

Verny is a psychiatrist, writer, academic, and founder of APPPAH. He has previously taught at Harvard University, University of Toronto, York University, Toronto and St. Mary’s University Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Verny’s groundbreaking book, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, has become an international bestseller published in 27 countries and has changed the pregnancy and childbirth experience for millions of mothers and fathers. In addition, he has published several other books, including “Nurturing the Unborn Child: A Nine-month Program for Soothing, Stimulating, and Communicating with Your Baby” and “Tomorrow’s Baby: The Art and Science of Parenting from Conception Through Infancy” as well as authoring and co-authoring 46 scientific papers and articles.

Dr. Verny’s books and articles, founding of APPPAH, and the Pre- and Perinatal Journal have established him as one of the world’s leading authorities on the effect of the prenatal and early postnatal environment on personality development. He lectures and leads workshops on Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Psychotherapy through-out Canada, the United States, Europe, South America and Southeast Asia. He currently practices psychiatry in Stratford, ON, Canada.

APPPAH is proud to carry forward Verny's vision for birth psychology through its professional development programs.  APPPAH's nonprofit mission is to educate professionals and the public, worldwide, that a baby’s experience of conception, pregnancy, and birth has lifelong impacts  for individuals, families, and society. As a result of scientific discoveries and continually emerging evidence, we know infants are conscious and intelligent beings. Please consider joining and supporting APPPAH's ongoing and pioneering work today.