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The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health is in the early stage of a renaissance; a new beginning. The Education Department recently expanded to include two new Directors, and a Global Education Committee. We are about to embark on a journey to create new programs for:
I love winter. I like the dark and the trees without their leaves, especially when they are illuminated by the sunset sky. I like when people bring out their lights for their houses, the festivities, the exchange of gifts, messages, and love. I know we have had a hard transition in the US with the election. Perhaps the quiet of the winter will be a balm.
Here at APPPAH, we are offering better programs than ever. Please enjoy our new Innovations course, where you can see how prenatal and perinatal practices are integtrated into innovative practice. You can try our Monday LIVE series. If you are visiting, please look around our websites and enjoy all we have to offer.
The summer season is so different in its rhythm and pace. Many students are involved in holidays and different schedules, too. We have suspended our Monday LIVE classes, and it feels like the energy is warm, fluid and slow. It doesn't give rise to intensity and focus on the outside, but inwardly, we are preparing. Our intentions for this coming fall and winter are big. We have a new Monday LIVE! line up starting, with some of the regular speakers coming back and some new exciting professionals stepping forward. We are busy telling everyone about the Regional Conference, Pathways to Prenatal Wholeness: Integrating Healthcare Disciplines in a 21st Century Dialogue, September 16 & 17th 2016. Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington. Come hear some magnificent speakers in a beautiful place. We will be showing the movie In Utero again as well. Finally, our Conscious Baby Program for Parents is being currently being written. We are uploading the Overview to the Classroom site where you can create an account even if you are not a student. We will be placing our new research tool there as well, the Adverse Early Experiences Survey. So, as you can see, we are still hard at work in the Department of Education at APPPAH. Stay tuned!
There is a surge of understanding and acceptance regarding early implicit memory these days. These implicit layers include preconception to the first year of life, and the environment surrounding babies in the womb, new born and in the first year and they are central to our educational platform. Implications for these earliest experiences are coming into focus for many disciplines now, from medicine to education to parenting. It is very inspiring to dream of and co-create programs of all kinds, to discover the gems already created, and really feel the fertile ground for pre and perinatal psychology and health. Join us in our educational programs and become a part of the solution to help families.
Enjoy this video from Module 11 on Gabor Mate. He says: We don't need any more research, we just need to act on what we know.
Parenting is a hard job. APPPAH's mission is to bring awareness to the consciousness of babies, that they have experiences from conception to birth and beyond. How might that affect parenting?
We know that from the research in attachment, that the way we are parented can be a predictor of how we will parent our children. Parents can engage in self-reflective practices to discern their patterns before they begin the parenting process. They can consciously conceive, welcoming the spirit of the new being in. Support for mother is key, decreasing stress and increasing communication between her and the inside baby. The relationship between her and her partner is part of the parenting process; it is the energetic field the child marinates in. Families can co-create the conditions for optimal health, no matter who their child is, resilient or sensitive.
A therapist recently said to me, not all parenting practices are for every family. APPPAH supports education that instructs families from the inside, out. Please enjoy our Monday night lectures this month on parenting.
Why Do We Need Birth Psychology Education?
The pre- and perinatal period includes the time before conception, pregnancy, birth and the first year of life. Many aspects of health come into play. Recent findings in cell biology, neuroscience and epigenetics emphasize that we are influenced by our ancestors'' experiences, our mother's experience when we were in utero, and our birth, bonding and attachment with our caregivers. These early and ancestral experiences can influence our genetic code and create implicit memories that in turn, influence our perceptions and experiences today.
APPPAH has developed an educational program that supports professionals in many different fields with 11 modules that represent our competencies. These include epigenetics, neuroscience, psychological theories from our unique perspective, bonding, how the womb is a learning environment, the importance of the baby's experiences of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding, a long ranging implications of this early period.
Our educational program seeks to improve human health from the very start. Join our community! And thank you for participating in Birth Psychology Month this March 2016!
Our Special Events:
March 2 at 9 p.m. EST. Free Teleconference on Birth Psychology: The What, The Why, The How, with Dennis Hertenstein, APPPAH's Vice President. REGISTER HERE.
March 7 at 12 Noon EST. Free Tour of the APPPAH Classroom and Q and A with Kate White, Director of Education. REGISTER HERE.
March 14 at 12 Noon EST. Monday LIVE! Supported Attachment with Mary Jackson, RN, CPM, RCST®. Free to Members. REGISTER HERE.
March 16 at 12 Noon EST. PPNE Somatics Lecture: Using "The Principles" to Create Safety and Connection When Teaching PPN with Chanti Smith. CPM, LM, SEP. Free to Members. REGISTER HERE.
March 21 at 12 Noon EST. Monday LIVE! Why Can't Our Babies Breastfeed? With Alison Hazelbaker. Free to Members. REGISTER HERE.
March 26. Look for a Voices of APPPAH interview with Raylene Phillips, PhD, on APPPAH's YouTube Channel here.
March 28 at 12 Noon EST. Monday LIVE! PPN Somatic Tools: Using Your Own Story As A Tool in PPN Education. Free to Members. REGISTER HERE.
We have a lot planned for 2016! This year we are launching the PPN Somatics course. We are aware that PPN has its roots in the body; we form patterns of development and learning starting from preconception. The early period (preconception through the first year of life), is all considered implicit memory, or memory that is not cognitive. It is registered in the tissues, nervous system, and parts of the brain (brain stem and limbic brain). We know that the brain develops rapidly in relationship to the body and its movements and sensations. Polyvagal theory represents the framework for this description. Our course will help educators understanding the somatic, felt-sense skills or embodiment of PPN education, and will help you be a better, more informed, more confident professional Our launch is January 20 at 6 pm Pacific, 9 pm Eastern, with Marti Glenn on How to Create a Safe Container for PPN Education.
In addition to that, we want to create a course for parents and lay learners that explores this paradigm with information as well as exercises to support optimal development in babies. This is The Conscious Baby course. A volunteer team will work to create 11 new modules. We are applying for a grant to secure this development. Stay tuned!
We also want to clarify our stance on abortion. A discourse analysis is underway to differentiate our message.
The Education Department presentation given at the Congress is attached! Enjoy.
And Happy New Year.
Peace on Earth Begins Before Birth. December's lectures have provided a rich landscape for us to burrow into, as we head into the darkest night of the year and the winter months. We were very fortunate to have presentations from Michael Mendizza from Touch the Future about the work of James Prescott on the Origins of Love and Violence, and from PPNE student and outstanding infant sleep specialist Mar Oscategui, founder of the International Maternity and Parenting Institute. The effect of watching the two presentations is intense as you look through the eyes of those with wisdom and see how our culture is failing our humanity. Even today, our country's rating on infant mortality was on the news; we are currently ranked 55th, what Dr. Prescott calls "a national disgrace."
With terrorist attacks happening in various places around the world, and a presidential race underway, our culture is in for some rough waters. The information shows clearly that touch, especially loving touch of the mother, movement, and the pace, rhythm and surround of the family all have lifelong effect on humans, and it all needs to started even before conception. While many say that peace on earth begins with birth, it begins before birth with awareness that babies are sentient, listening and learning while they are developing inside the mother.
Mar's fascinating lecture introduced how support of the mother, and her sleep during pregnancy can really help the sleep of her baby. She also spoke about how the whole family needs support and assistance to change patterns from within. Many of us have inherited our sleep and connection (attachment) conditions. With awareness, love and support we can help our audiences see and understand how to change unconscious patterns. As therapists, we can assist them with these changes. Awareness and connection can grow, and health be supported and even restored. Thank you Michael, Jim, and Mar for these wonderful contributions to our classwomb.
My first introduction to PPN material was a personal experience with a client who wanted to heal her birth trauma. This was in many years ago. I did not know people could remember their births, and called the only person I knew at the time, William Emerson. I met him at our first craniosacral therapy conference in Colorado. He listened to my story and then insisted I get trained. That was 16 years ago. I ordered everything he had ever published or recorded. I remember listening to his voice say: There is a new professional coming, trained is obstetrics, somatics, psychological counseling, neuroscience and more. It was then I began braiding so many trainings and approaches together.
William's voice no longer echoes in my brain. His prediction is here now. We are pleased to have William Emerson talk about his theory of recapitulation this month in Monday LIVE. And equally pleased to have Michael Trout talk about the "infant coherent narrative." We are getting closer and closer as a culture to truly seeing babies as having experiences, and we are training professionals to know what to do about it on many levels: Education, birth, therapy. Our members do it all.
Please join us this month in Monday LIVE! as we enrich ourselves with these fantastic pioneers.
--Kate White, Director of Education
Neuroscience trends legitimize the importance of the pre and perinatal period. Early experiences create patterns that inform human development through neural pathways. The latest leaps in human understanding have come from examining the impact of attachment, the function of mirror neurons and the feeling of having your story understood. The past decade has underscored the importance of the felt sense and implicit memory.
This month we celebrate neuroscience in the classwomb with talks from Mark Brady, PhD, and Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200.
October 12: The Pre- and Perinatal Blueprint - Is Our Neurobiology Our Destiny? By Mark Brady, PhD, is a powerpoint presentation from his Social Neuroscience class, The Flowering Brain. This Monday LIVE lecture will be offered at 9 am PT, noon ET, 5 pm GMT
October 19: Polyvagal Theory and Clinical Applications in PPN is offered by Michelle Emanuel. Michelle has worked on babies as an OT for over 13 years. She first came into contact with Stephen Porges and Polyvagal Theory in 1993, when Dr. Porges was first publishing his theories. She has mastered this science and applies to work with babies. Please come hear her speak as part of Monday LIVE.
As students and professionals, the mastery of these theories and comfort with the language will help our profession.