12 Guiding Principles

Nurturing human potential and optimizing relationships from the beginning of life.

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where every baby is welcomed, loved, nurtured, and seen for the amazing, conscious and aware being they are from the beginning of life. As these babies grow, so does their capacity to love, to empathize with others, to be in relationship and to live in joy.

As our first generation matures, we would see the ripple effect grow to encompass greater learning capacity, emotional intelligence and creativity, the emergence of new leaders, and healthier families and communities.

For thirsty learners ... We offer mentoring, keynotes, workshops, and trainings for you and your community.

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families, professionals, organizations, and communities,
as we come together to nurture human potential and optimize relationships from the beginning of life.

Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology

Understanding our earliest relationship experiences from the baby’s point of view and how these experiences set in motion life patterns has been the intense study of the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology for over 40 years. The field uses this lens to focus on our earliest human experience from preconception through baby’s first postnatal year and its role in creating children who thrive and become resilient, loving adults.

Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology incorporates research and clinical experience from leading-edge fields such as epigenetics, biodynamic embryology, infant mental health, attachment, early trauma, developmental neurosciences, consciousness studies and other new sciences.

We offer these 12 principles as a beacon to help guide parenting practice, professional practice, theory and research and to support human potential and optimal relationships from the beginning of life. These principles lay the foundation for a new movement in welcoming and caring for our babies. Everyone has a part to play.

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The Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology
endorses the 12 Guiding Principles.

The 12 Guiding Principles

The principles address the following topics:

  1. The Primary Period
  2. Forming the Core Blueprint
  3. Continuum of Development
  4. Capacities & Capabilities
  5. Relationship
  6. Innate Need
  7. Communication
  8. Mother-Baby Interconnectedness
  9. Bonding
  10. Resolving & Healing
  11. Underlying Patterns
  12. Professional Support

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Customized Training and Mentoring


We offer customized services to support you to explore and incorporate the 12 Guiding Principles and Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology into your life and community, including mentoring, presentations, workshops, and trainings.

Our Presenters:

Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, RN

Holistic Nurse Baccalaureate-Board Certified; Diplomat, Comprehensive Energy Psychology; Director of the 12 Guiding Principles Project; and primary co-author of the proclamation.

Marti Glenn, PhD
Clinical Director of Ryzio Institute and primary co-author of the 12 Guiding Principles proclamation.

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Upcoming Events


Two-Day Workshop with Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty in Mexico

“Evolving Our Care and Support for Families During Pregnancy:
New Paradigm, Guiding Principles, and Strategies”
Monterrey, Mexico
February 22 – 23, 2018


Two workshops with Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty in Germany

“Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology:
Transforming Our Paradigms, Principles and Strategies to Support Young Families – Preconception Forward”
Two-day workshop program (October 26 – 27, 2018)

“Integrated Practice with Families During Pregnancy”
One-day workshop (October 28, 2018)

Vulcano Eifel, Western Germany (close to Trier/Luxemburg)

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