Last year I found myself longing to write about my long term interest in the psychological and spiritual aspects of birth, but needed to bring my knowledge base in pre and perinatal psychology (PPN) up to date. I completed the APPPAH Certificate Program as a Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health Educator and found that it met my need for a multidisciplinary study of the historical and present influences in PPN as well as providing me the content, research, and general resources to become current in my knowledge of this developing discipline. Coming from a multidisciplinary background, I am delighted with the unique mission that APPPAH embraces to combine research and knowledge from many professions and academic disciplines including psychology, medicine, nursing , midwifery, chiropractics, attachment science, interpersonal neurobiology, craniofacial, somatic, and physical therapies, somatic therapy, childbirth education, anthropology, and others. Additionally, I have greatly enjoyed the community of professionals, both near and far, that APPPAH has introduced me to.
Having completed this program, I plan to integrate this information into my practice as a clinical psychologist, offering updated services coaching and educating clients in PPN, including preventative and inspirational work, speaking, and writing. In addition, I will be integrating this information into my work with clients experiencing anxiety and depression during pregnancy, postpartum depression, traumatic birth experiences, perinatal losses, and family system complexities. I believe that this certificate program has given me a unique effective way to update my skills and knowledge in the field and connected me with the resources to continually update my professional knowledge base in PPN. I am inspired by the magnitude of growth and level of sophistication of the content, research, practitioners, and educators involved in APPPAH. I am glad to be a part of this organization!
Cheryl R. Azlin, RN, Psy.D. Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Redmond, Washington, USA