The second annual celebration of Birth Psychology Month promoted by the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) witnessed a surge in participation, enrollment and completion of their seminal professional educator certificate program.  The Education Department provided four online free lectures that registered 530 people, and 240 attendees.  Topics included prenatal bonding, conscious pregnancy, the importance of fathers and father-baby bonding, the impact of prenatal psychology on adult intimate relationships, and prenatal influences on bonding and attachment. The department also reports 19 new enrollees in the professional program in March and 8 new graduates in April.

“This activity in our department reflects a growing interest in birth psychology worldwide,” reports Director of Education Kate White, “The time has come for the baby’s experience of conception, pregnancy and birth to be more accepted, and education programs based on this premise to be implemented in parenting and birth education.”

The students in the Prenatal and Perinatal Professional Educator Certificate Program reflect a diverse population: midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, doctors, psychologists, bodyworkers, artists, writers, and parents.  Topics in the 11 module program include epigenetics, neuroscience, psychological theories in prenatal and perinatal psychology and health, learning and bonding, the impact of culture, labor and birth, breastfeeding, parenting styles and more.  The course also includes live lectures, mentoring, and access to marketing and educational software.  APPPAH's PPNE graduation rate is very high and competitive with other online education programs.

Graduates are supported to educate the public, professionals, and parents on the importance of the baby’s experience.  Here is what some students are saying:

“I am so grateful for all of your amazing effort that you have put into this program. The benefits that I have gained from it are too many to even name. The integration will be going on for years to come I am sure. This is such powerful information that reaches into the deepest parts of us. Thank you for being my mentor and guiding me along the way. I look forward to continuing the journey!” – Lynn Korst, Illinois

“I´m surprised and very grateful for all the things that are offered in this certificate program. This is the most complete certification program in prenatal and perinatal health and psychology I have attended. I highly recommend it.”  – Dr Olga Sacristán, Spain

“The APPPAH PPNE program is one of the most important and empowering initiatives I have taken in my professional career. I share what I have to say and answer people’s questions, now, with that much more professionalism because when people ask for the basis of my information, I am able to say I have substantial backing for what I am telling them through an organization that has been in the field since the beginning. It’s not that I don’t know what I have been sharing all along is just as valid before as now. But, I so respect that people need to be checking where information comes from today, and this just feels so good! I cannot thank APPPAH enough for doing what it took to make this real." – Vicky Jeter, Kentucky

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for all the aspects of the Pre & Perinatal training program that you have so beautifully put together.  The Monday Live webinars provide me with an opportunity to hear from other professionals and their perspectives and experiences.   By utilizing pdf materials, book reading lists and videos you have so beautifully created a dynamic online learning environment that addresses various learning styles.  For me at this very moment, I am extremely grateful on a personal as well as professional level.   Thank you!” ~ Sandy Ventura Gordon, Tennessee

“I had been interested in and studying for myself the field of pre and perinatal health and psychology, I was glad to be able to study with APPPAH. The course introduced me to a few new people like Ashley Montagu, whom I found intelligent and inspiring. It hooked me into a like-minded community who share interesting articles, films and relevant information from all over the world through Facebook from which I continue to learn. The course deepened my understanding, gave me the opportunity to access and listen to the Master's in the field. Kate you hold it brilliantly - I would recommend the course to all psychotherapist's, a great way to deepen understanding of both physiological and emotional aspects of conception, pregnancy, birth, the 'golden hour' and early attachment."– Helen Biscoe Taylor, England

The Live lecture series promoted during Birth Psychology Month(link is external) is still available.  Click (link is external)

Tours of the classroom and question and answer with the Director of Education are given the first Monday of every month.  The next tour is May 1.  You can click here: is external)

See our May Monday LIVE Lecture Series line-up here:

Join APPPAH'S Prenatal and Perinatal Program today and become a professional educator in a new and growing field.  We are more than an online course, we are a community.