This experience definitely piqued my desire to continue the exploration of pre- and perinatal psychology. Visiting the congress bookstore, I bought a tall stack of books about birthing; among them was the “Secret of the Unborn Child” by APPPAH Co-founder Dr. Thomas Verny. I was eager to share my knowledge with whoever would listen. At the time, our oldest daughter was pregnant with her first child so she naturally was my first target. While visiting during the Christmas holiday, I presented her with all of the books, and she politely shared that she was willing to take one of the books, but not all because it felt a bit overwhelming. I understood, but, thankfully, only a couple weeks after returning to college, she called asking me to send her the remaining books. It has a happy ending as she birthed her three beautiful daughters naturally and has often shared her books and knowledge with friends, her sister and sister-in-law.
In the meantime, I continued to facilitate at the STAR retreats. It became increasingly evident how vitally important it was to begin helping to alleviate the needless and sometimes unidentifiable pain of living with birth trauma as a child or as an adult. I could see that we needed to accelerate the education of our practitioners and parents about the importance of understanding our babies as conscious beings from conception through birth and during the first few years of life. Once again I returned to APPPAH because its mission was clearly aligned with my beliefs.
At that time I was involved in a career so for many years I managed the registration desk at the APPPAH congresses and listened to the keynotes. Then, in 2010, I was invited to join the board of directors of APPPAH as their chief financial officer. My financial experience in the corporate and non-profit world and my interest in the conscious baby seemed like a perfect fit so I said, “yes.”
Over the past six years, I have truly enjoyed my role in helping to manage the financial aspects of APPPAH as well as helping the newly formed Education Department, headed by Director Kate White, with it’s financial planning. The Education Department created a curriculum to educate practitioners in the PPN field and now is developing a course to educate parents about pre- and perinatal psychology and health. For me, it’s a truly been a dream come true.