Dr. Jay is relatively new to our PPNE program, but definitely a very enthusiastic student who is very happy to have found us! Dr. Jay has been a family-oriented chiropractor for 15 years and practices in North County San Diego. He has his own podcast entitled “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” and feels very lucky to be the Wellness Care Coordinator for the Cap Wellness Center.
The Cap Wellness Center is a fully integrated center with the mission of supporting families from the very beginning. With chiropractic, acupuncture, lactation support, massage, yoga, childbirth classes, pregnancy and pediatric services, and more, it sounds like a one stop shop for growing families in San Diego. It was founded by Dr. Cap, who is an OB/ osteopath with hospital privileges who has changed the face of family care in his area of the world.
Dr. Jay found APPPAH through Anna Verwaal after a hypnobirthing instructor put them in touch. They had several conversations and he interviewed her on his podcast here: http://drjaywarren.com/podcast-029-anna-verwaal-how-birth-imprints-and-shapes-your-babys-psychological-health.php . The work Anna has done with babies was really inspiring and he became interested in learning more about pre and perinatal psychology. His conversations with her actually changed the way he was doing his post-partum appointments. He had always looked to the mother to ask about the birth (which is fabulous!), but now he asks the baby to tell the story of the birth, as well.
Most chiropractors are very structurally oriented, but appointments with Dr. Jay are filled with conversations about before birth or postpartum stress. Parents are likely to learn about epigenetics and how to connect prenatally. His goal is to help support moms and their babies so that they can enjoy each other. When a mother is pregnant or has just had a baby, there is so much more to talk about besides exercise and nutrition! These chiropractic appointments have lots of space for conversations around fears, desires, and welcoming the child. Dr. Jay is working through the PPNE certification so that he can be well-versed in the information and deliver it in a way that doesn’t add additional stress to the expectant mothers he is seeing, but rather empowers them.
He’s inspired by the work of his APPPAH PPNE mentor, Dr. Dennis Hertenstein, DC, and is excited to learn more tools to help kids and their parents, including learning more about the process of unwinding to help dissipate stress and trauma. He really wants to learn how to help babies come in intact emotionally and get right to the business of being a baby.
At the heart of Dr. Jay’s interest in babies is the journey he’s gone on with his own son, Niko, who is 2 ½. They had a homebirth and consulted with Dr. Cap in the event they needed to go to the hospital. Years later when Dr. Cap opened his center, Dr. Jay was asked to be a part of it. So he’s learning all the PPNE information as a parent and a professional, applying the information in his practice in his office and at home.
He’s currently in the process of creating a mini-course called “Connecting with Baby.” The course is all about having conversations with the baby in-utero to strengthen the bond between mother and baby (and fathers, too!). This is the same process he used with his own son, as well as with his patients.
What he’s learning through the PPNE program, including the science and development of the baby, really fuels his innate knowing and the innate knowing of the mothers, fathers and babies he serves in his community.
To learn more about Dr. Jay and to check out his podcast, you can visit his website: www.DrJayWarren.com
Rose Kwok recently joined our PPNE program as our 200th student! We’d love you to meet Rose and celebrate the growth of our program with us!
Rose is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Psychologist (Clinical) living in Hong Kong. She currently works in a non-governmental agency with people who have suffered physical and mental disabilities, including stroke, traumatic brain injuries and mental retardation.
Rose expressed that she has been searching for what and how to set people free physiologically, psychologically, emotionally and spiritually. She has been studying Somatic Experiencing and is always looking for opportunities to learn more. Her most recent endeavor was a 3-day experiential workshop about Pre and Perinatal Psychology in Hong Kong which was very transformative. Rose was so surprised to learn that early life impacts are profound and lifelong. Through the sharing from her classmates and her own personal experiences, she learned about real life impacts of C-sections on both the mother and baby, and umbilical cord being wrapped around the neck. Those impacts are still being experienced into adulthood and it has really compelled her to learn more.
After that workshop in March, she began to search the internet for additional courses and found APPPAH’s PPNE certificate program and enrolled as our 200th student. She feels so much gratitude to learn more, especially to be able to study from home. She plans to use the PPNE program as a part of her path of self-discovery so she can learn more about her own early experiences and their influence. She expressed that the PPNE program has certainly broadened her horizons about birth and birth trauma. Essentially, this is a spiritual journey for her.
Rose wants to add this information to her clinical experience, studying the impact of early life, pregnancy or birth trauma and the disorders that show up later in life. She recognizes that some people may not recall any birth history cognitively, but those birth memories are stored in the body unconsciously and permanently. After integrated with those lost memories, the insight becomes apparent. The good news is we can retrieve them when we are ready.
Additionally, she would like to share what she has learned from the PPNE program with the midwives when she teaches a Master course in Obstetrics and Midwifery Care. The baby’s experience begins at conception and what the midwives are doing with mothers, fathers, and babies is significant. Finally, she realizes that there is much work to be done, but she’s going to keep doing what she can in her community to make a different.
Asasiya found her way into the world of pregnancy and birth via her deep interest in humanitarian issues, justice and basic human rights. She was studying Strategic and Organizational Communication and African American Studies at Temple University in Philadelphia, (where she graduated cum laude!) and couldn’t get to the root of violence, self-hatred and the destruction of the family, especially in the African American community. Through her studies, she realized the best time to intervene is way before a child starts school.
As she continued to research, a quote from Elijah Muhammad became a mantra for her: “All prayers are answered through the wombs of women.” She knew that we needed to start with our most primal state. It was at this point she became a doula with the intention to become a nurse midwife. She became a doula in 2009 and a Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) with her own practice in 2013.
In the meantime, she has had 5 children: her oldest will be 14 this month, followed by a 10 year old, 8, 5, and 4 year old.
She currently has a staff-in-training position where she is continuing her education through Maternidad La Luz, where she works on the El Paso border. Almost 100% of the mothers served are from Mexico. She is working as a teacher to the students and is finding ways to share the information she is learning in the PPNE program and especially through the somatic course.
She’s a voracious learner and always looking to expand her knowledge and expertise. She attended Karen Strange’s workshop on Neonatal Rescuitation and was intrigued by the concept of how our emotions are stacked by the trimester. It was there that she was introduced to the work of Bruce Lipton and found Thomas Verney and David Chamberlain. She also found the book, How God Changes Your Mind, and wrote a research paper on the power of prayer and how it can be used to reconnect us with our ability to birth naturally.
Throughout this time in her life, APPPAH kept coming up. She learned about the Congress and wanted to attend, but couldn’t afford to go. When she learned about the PPNE program, she was overjoyed. It was such a wonderful way to expand her knowledge from home, complementing her other trainings. She’s also in a nursing program right now to get her RN through Excelsior College, which offers an accelerated nursing program for licensed health care providers.
She’s completed 3 modules of the PPNE program so far and has been participating in the somatics course, which has made a significant impact on her practice and the work she’s doing with her students. She’s so grateful for Kate’s course to help her have more awareness in the moment. It’s so helpful in the birthing room to be grounded and oriented and she’s teaching her students that what they’re feeling can impact mom and baby and the whole outcome. She shared a story of a birth recently where there was a scary moment involving shoulder dystocia and the mother hemorraging, but everyone was able to use the principles to stay grounded. After the birth, everyone commented about how tranquil the room had been even though there was stress. Everyone had stayed focused, grounded, was able to support the baby and the mother with a good outcome.
Asasiya is working on integrating the information she’s learning in the PPNE program to create resources for birth education to teach the PPN principles to the mothers directly.
Once she graduates from the PPNE program, she wants to research more about birth psychology focused on the black community to improve outcomes. She’ll be creating tools for providers and clients, and would love to open a birth center of her own. The PPNE program is another powerful tool to empower herself as a midwife.
Karen Strange said at a training, "It's not what you do, but how you are." And Asasiya strives to integrate the information she’s learning into her practice and into her whole being. She’s so grateful for this opportunity to better herself and to learn to help her community.
Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT200 has been a lover of APPPAH for a long time. In the earlier years, she was involved in Santa Barbara Graduate Institute’s certificate program and has been voraciously pursuing knowledge around PPN as long as she has known about it. She had contributed much to this field in terms of clinical applications for families and their babies, blending the known science with her practice. She is currently a student with the PPNE program.
As an Occupational Therapist, Michelle began her career in the NICU. The babies there had so many necessary, yet traumatic, things happening to them to keep them alive and she could clearly see the impact on the baby and the whole family. She also worked in a high-risk infant follow up clinic and saw the continued impact long after they had left the hospital. These babies and families had so much need and she wanted to find ways to truly support them. These early experiences informed her search and now the way she supports families and their babies.
One of the most profound influences on her practice was her discovery of the Polyvagal Theory and Dr. Stephen Porges’ work while she was still working in NICU back in 2000. She uses the Polyvagal Theory and all the amazing science behind it to inform her practice, blended with another love, TummyTime!™, which is the practical application of these principles in a format digestible for parents. TummyTime!™ can help remediate so many adverse events, allowing parents to be with, connect, and have a relationship with their babies, some of whom have been through some really difficult experiences. TummyTime!™ opens up all the channels for connection and healing. It’s something that parents can do with and for their babies and so they keep doing it, which is fabulous for everyone.
TummyTime!™ allows parents to co-regulate with their babies. It’s so much more than babies working their little muscles and getting ready for their next developmental stage. It is a really amazing blending of neuroscience and the Polyvagal Theory with deeply remediating effects for both parents and children. Yes, parents, too. Parenting is an amazing opportunity to really re-parent ourselves when we allow it to be, as those implicit memories (memories stored in the physical body, different from explicit memory, which is what we think of as memory and remembering) come to the surface as our children hit different developmental stages.
If you’re not familiar with the Polyvagal Theory, it has much to do with our work in the Pre and Perinatal period and understanding our autonomic nervous system in a new way. Michelle has been guided to in depth understanding of polyvagal theory through consistent study, application, and communication with Dr. Porges. the man who conceptualized the Polyvagal Theory. If you’re not familiar with this theory, definitely look into it more.
She currently has a private practice where she is a Baby Bodyworker. She works using soft tissue manual therapy techniques and the TummyTime!™ method. She also teaches her TummyTime!™ certification program based in the Polyvagal Theory and has trained 350 people to date.
Michelle is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to our babies, our nervous system, and the Polyvagal Theory and we are so lucky to have her be a part of APPPAH!
You can learn more about Michelle and her amazing work by visiting her website: http://www.wholebodyllc.com
In 1981 I graduated as an Occupational Therapist in Belgium. But I didn't feel the call to work with it, anyways not immediately. I had a friend (an OT also) who had given me the information about the importance of the prenatal period and how this period can be the origin of illnesses and difficulties in later life. This had turned me 180 degrees away from working on the results as an OT, and made me longing to be able to work with pregnant women and work more preventively by informing them and giving them tools to a conscious pregnancy.
There were no formal courses available at that time (we were even before the birth of APPPAH). So I had to scramble together all kinds of preparation in the form of courses, following examples of other pioneers etc. I followed courses such as Sophrology (auto-hypnosis), naturopathy, energy work, music and Psychophonie (with Marie-Louise Aucher in France), Prenatal Singing, Sophrology for pregnancy... I discovered the first books of Thomas Verny and David Chamberlain etc. which were a big inspiration to me.
During that time I was in a state of depression: I saw the sunshine and spring but wasn't able to let it come in and feel it. So one day I decided to find the origin of that problem. I sat down and went inside on a journey down a spiral winding staircase, went through a door and met my mother who invited me to sit down next to her and hear about my time in her belly. I asked for protection and guidance to go on this journey, as I was alone without any therapist or friend. I felt I was surrounded with an energy of huge love. So that help I found out I was not completely welcome, opposite to my conscious beliefs that she genuinely loved me. I found out about her ambivalence and saw how this had made me decide I was unworthy. A change of belief took place in an overwhelming way. This was the first step on a long journey to transform my own story.
So after ten years of muddling through all these courses, a friend pulled me into action and had me start a first prenatal class. I was a self-made Prenatal and Birth Educator. This way of starting reflected my way of coming in to the world: I was induced with no medical reason. So I always had to be pulled into action by others, being obliged instead of making the first step by myself. I combined all kinds of elements into my class which was a combination of prenatal and birth education and prenatal singing. This singing method which was a French method with a series of french songs specially written for pregnant women I had translated to Dutch.
In Belgium I had an organisation for prenatal education and gave and organized lectures and seminars about the subject. I had a library and a newsletter.
After a few years I moved to Canada where I met my husband. Finally a more focussed course on prenatal psychology came my way: Sophro-Analysis offered by Dr. Claude Imbert from France. It combined elements of NLP, Sophrology, Pscho-Genealogy and practice on ourselves and others to transform our experiences in the pre- and perinatal period. I certified and right after that I became pregnant.
Before I knew I was pregnant, I lost my husband who had an accident in nature. I was 2 months into pregnancy. Later I remembered having lost a few drops of blood and had some light contractions what made me understand I was first pregnant of twins (!) and one of them had died. This is a story that happens very often. Claude Imbert told us that she had encountered Vanishing Twin Syndrome in around 70% of the people who came to her workshops. I myself had discovered I was first part of a twin, even a triplet, but the two others passed away. But maybe this is material for another dissertation.
So, loosing my husband during pregnancy while I knew so much about the impact it all could have on the baby was devastating. But this knowing of how it could go wrong helped me to connect to how to live with it in a more positive way. It was a HUGE journey to make that work, in order it to affect the baby as minimally as possible. It was even an opportunity to have him grow through it and learn the prenatal lesson of how you can transform difficulties in life.
Luckily I had help. I was living (and still am) in an intentional community, without which I wouldn't have been able to do all this. I was surrounded with lots of love, understanding and support, with lots of positive vibrations which were necessary to grow through this difficult experience. My son is almost 12 now and is mainly a happy child. I have tried to clear the way for him but he has also to do his part and I try to help him in that way.
In the meanwhile I have got a certificate as a mentor for Childbirth Education and as a Doula with the method of Birthing from Within who follows a path of a 'Hero's Journey' as preparation to birth.
The intentional community I live in (Ideal Society) has as first goal to support pregnant women. This is our way to renew humanity. It is still in an embryonic state as we are located in a rural area of South Eastern British Columbia were people are hard to warm up for such a cutting edge approach. This is why my work is hard to bring over in the area.
So I was recently working on another certificate as a Journey Practitioner which allows me to work more over the internet and reach people all over the world. It is a great tool to help people release blockades on emotional or physical level by making a journey into their body and release the blocking cell memory which is the origin of their illness. It is a journey to find your deepest self which is elemental in the preparation for conception of a child as a future parent.
Ideal Family is the team of practitioners in our community to bring out the word about this magnificent knowledge. We are currently working on a Birth Charter that we hope one day will be accepted by the medical world. On our website www.tobeparent.org we are putting together a database of scientific information as a resource for professionals and parents.
So, this is a long story finally, because there was so much to tell!
I am happy to be part of the APPPAH community and these studies will help me go even deeper in the scientific realm about the whole prenatal period and help me structure it all to bring a nice, inspiring package to society. Maybe this will open up the door to go to schools and organisations in a more 'officially accepted way'.
Lots of courage to you all and it is great to be together in the discovery of so many profound secrets about life!
Well they say life begins at 40 and this was so true for me, or so I thought. This was the time when I discovered my life purpose, what I had chosen to do whilst here on this planet. I had chosen to be a healer of trauma, a birth educator and now it seems an author too.
However, what I hadn’t realised until recently is that it all had actually started with my own in utero and birth experience. Apparently, I (my soul) had chosen to come from a toxic womb (my mother smoked heavily) and when I was being born it was said I was coming too quickly so my mother was given pethidine to slow me down. Then, because my mum was too sleepy from the drugs, I was taken away and left in a nursery for 4-5 hours so mum could sleep off their effects. So here it all began.
They say you teach the thing you most need to learn. With the unconscious need to heal my own birth traumas I developed a passion and purpose to help people heal from separation and to have a natural and conscious pregnancy and birth. I had studied Karl Dawson’s Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), an energy psychology technique, and developed my own specialty I call Matrix Birth Reimprinting. I began helping others to heal as I began my own healing journey.
Have you ever noticed that when you are following your purpose the universe has a way of supporting you bringing the right people into your life at the right time? It was in 2009 that I met Suzanne Arms, Rebecca Thompson, Marcy Axness and Patrick Houser. We all met up in person 2010 at the Pathways to Family Wellness Conference in Washington, DC and again the following year at the APPPAH Congress in San Francisco. As I listened to the talks by various birthing experts, I realized that I had found home. ‘I am’ a healer and educator, too.
The next logical step was to sign up for the PPNE program. I had already completed expensive research for my workshops and my book, Heal Your Birth, Heal Your Life. I love this program, as it is filling in some educational gaps I missed and giving me the confidence to say: “I am a Birth Educator.”
By rewriting our births with this powerful tool, we are able to impact our wellbeing in many significant ways. I have had the honour of working with thousands of people all over the world to rewrite their birth stories, often with a remarkable impact on their lives in the present. I have been blessed to teach practitioners how to help others transform their experience of being in utero and birth too. I also works with pregnant women to help them to have an empowered, natural birth, and with parents whose children experienced a birth trauma.
About Heal Your Birth, Heal Your Life
How we come into the world really matters. Yet within our current Western birthing paradigm, we have lost touch with the impact that the experience of birth can have on the baby. What happens to us in the womb and at birth can have far-reaching consequences that shape the way we experience and see the world for the rest of our lives.
This groundbreaking book dispels the myth that babies are not conscious beings. It also shows how many of our beliefs are formed in the womb and at birth: beliefs that end up running our lives today. As well as highlighting the effects of birth trauma, 'Heal Your Birth, Heal Your Life' offers practical solutions. You will learn how to transform and rewrite traumas that happened both at birth and in the womb, so that you can: Understand the impact that your birth is still having on you now. Learn how to go back to the womb and birth when beliefs were formed and rewrite them. Discover how to release birth trauma.
Learn new tools to rewrite your birth, impacting healing on all levels.
Containing a whole host of research from some of the leaders in the field, this book offers a solution-based approach to overcoming birth trauma. It is for anyone who has ever experienced a birth trauma, or had a parent who experienced stress when they were in the womb. It is for mothers who are about to give birth and want to ensure that they do not carry their own birth traumas into the birthing experience. It is also for practitioners of all modalities, who want to help their clients connect with, and transform, the subconscious memories of their birth.
Years ago, I lived in a little California town where, as soon as people saw my baby bump poking out from my hippy dress, they started suggesting homebirth midwives. The most common name I heard happened to be a lovely, wise woman who insisted I read certain books and attend several sessions at BEBA. Her tools gave me insight into my own birth patterns and shifted my paradigm around birth and society.
Another kind woman from my writers’ circle taught me about joy in pregnancy. She traveled many miles – and brought a friend – to meet me for lunch. They listened to me and shared literature about birth psychology. They smiled a lot and I could see they really cared about my child. And me. And the world.
I was invited to spend a day at the APPPAH Congress in Los Angeles. It was filled with people who spoke about my inner world. My quiet sense about our consciousness at every age (and the tenderness we deserve) was common knowledge there. I could tell… no one was afraid of birth or babies.
My daughter’s birth was beautiful. We had challenges too, that brought lessons we still practice today. She is a spirit light in the world. Fierce, compassionate, and wise.
We moved to the city. My son was born there. I was very scared to give birth in the city. Everywhere, people told awful stories. They thought I was crazy for having an un-medicated homebirth. I struggled with my own non-labor c-section history. And felt angry at society for its cruelty toward birth and children.
My son is a force of nature. He throws a fist to the sky at injustice and has done so since he was inside. His power calls me to action for the children.
When he was just a babe, I began praying for direction on how to be part of the movement for change. Remembering the women who came to see me in Ojai, I dug out the old APPPAH papers they’d given me and I signed up for the newsletter. Several months later, I learned the PPNE program would be starting soon and I began my studies at the first financial opportunity.
Weaving PPNE training into my life can be hard. Sometimes all I want is to study. Other times, it’s too much to integrate and raise my children. The patterns of life are all around me. It is my daily reality. But I think that’s why I love it most. I can be in my life and part of the movement for change. I get to visit with other families and hear their stories. I get to share bits of what I learn everywhere I go and learn something new everyday.
It seems many quiet voices have led me toward PPN as part of their own journeys. Or maybe I sought them out unconsciously… unaware that I was already on my path. Either way, birth psychology has proven to be an awesome adventure!
When I first became acquainted with the Calm Birth meditation method, the founder, Robert Newman, would mention APPPAH periodically. This organization sounded fascinating, but I didn’t yet grasp its significance. I was only at the beginning of my path into childbirth, and hadn’t yet experienced the typical medical paradigm’s ignorance of the conscious forces at play before, during, and after birth.
Over the years, I became a doula, parent-infant massage educator, and one of the directors of the Calm Birth program. As I compiled my own experience within the realm of life’s beginnings, I began to more deeply understand how prenatal factors influence human psychology. I didn’t know how to begin exploring this new interest of mine.
Fortunately, that same time, Sandra Bardsley, a good friend of Robert’s, entered my life. Before I knew it, I was her assistant, accompanying her to the APPPAH International Congress in 2013 where she was to be inducted as the president of the organization. The six-hour drive with her flew by as I listened to her stories, wisdom, and projections for the future. At last, I understood APPPAH's mission: to educate, research, and elevate the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology. I wanted to be as involved as possible!
The conference was a defining weekend of my life: I felt I had found my people. At dinner the first night, we went around the table and shared our birth experiences, and how they had affected us. Being able to connect with people on this level was an entirely new experience for me. I wanted to understand more of what these more senior members of APPPAH were talking about, and I started the PPNE course when I returned home.
So stimulated was I by the education I was receiving by the course, I quickly ended up re-enrolling in college with the intention of carrying forth my passion into graduate school. I am now at the onset of my senior year at Southern Oregon University, looking primarily into graduate programs in developmental psychology, with infant studies labs in which studies include the process of emotional development.
Not only has the PPNE course enlivened my passion for learning, but it has introduced me to a worldwide family. When I’ve needed advice on grad school programs, I’ve called people who have received their PhDs in areas I wish to study. When I performed a survey for a self-directed internship this summer, I reached out through APPPAH. And when I posted a paper I had written on Facebook, an APPPAH member read it and suggested I submit it for publication. My paper, “Prenatal Maternal Stress: Neurological and Physiological Impacts on Offspring” will appear in September’s issue of JOPPPAH.
After a year and a half in the PPNE program, I am a published, PhD-bound individual with a worldwide community at my back and a brighter future than I’d ever projected. This program has opened completely unexpected doors for me. I could not be more thankful. This field is fascinating, and essential for the evolution of humankind. Carrying it forth is an honor and a privilege.
While studying Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy (BCST), I was introduced to the work of embryologist Jaap van der Wal MD. PhD. Beside going, in one of the early excercises in the eighteen month training, into a spontaneous birth regression, I also had an experience of an angst-inducing compression that pressed down on me. If it hadn’t been for my craniosacral skill of detached observation, the felt sense of global compression would have overwhelmed me. If BCST training prepared me to follow that compressive angst until it resolved, it was my work as a Labor & Delivery nurse and my years as a birth doula that provided a context for interpreting the angst. All I knew was that I felt as if I had been in a womb during a particularly strong contraction and that that experience had tempered my resolve to birth myself into a new way of being.
So, taking seriously Van der Wal’s adage that we recapitulate on a psychospiritual level, what we do morphologically and physiologically as embryo, I took my years as a Jungian analysand and began aligning them with embryosophical theory, Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology, and birth studies. I finished the last two years of undergraduate work and, in 2010 at 63, submitted my thesis, LeAp – Living EmbryAdult Performance: A Heuristic Exploration of Psychospiriutal Crisis at Midlife and Midshift to earn a BA in Health Arts and Science from Goddard College in Vermont.
Four years later, I would apply my thesis to overcoming the challenges of on-line transformative learning by remembering two very important principles of dynamic morphology: no development without resistance, and form follows function. Axness, in module 10, explains, “Function is projected into the periphery until the structure is built inside. We will see this dynamic of ‘projection of function outside before we internalize the capacity’ recure vividly in infant , toddler, early childhood and even adolescent development, it never ceases to operate, no matter how old we are” (Parenting for Peace, p. 70).
Professor Viktor Hamburger (1900 – 2001) used to tell his students, "Our real teacher has been and still is the embryo, who is, incidentally, the only teacher who is always right.” Appreciating the embryo as a kind of spiritual master, as I do, after I finish spiritual direction training in 2016, I plan to further explore EmbryAdult Living as a spiritual practice.
As a PPNE-informed spiritual guide, I know that womb life is not always paradisal. In fact, good stress is purposeful in building heathy baselines of resilence. At this year’s APPPAH conference I will tell the story of embodied resilence by naming four critical stages of embryonic development which resolve themselves, with increasing complexity, before cognition arises. By overlaying these crises of survival onto the four quadrants Chartres labyrinth, I hope to illustrate that the serpentice path to completing PPNE certification is more than an intellectual journey. It is, rather, a heart-centerd performance of embodied resilience meant to make us vital PPN professionals. Ms. Spremulli can be reached at Sheila@embryadultliving.com