Entries by Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, RN

Therapeutic Play with Babies and Children: Transforming Difficult Prenatal and Birth Experiences Together

In 1990, I opened my psychotherapy practice to families with young children who were having difficulties in their lives. Even though their symptoms and behaviors covered a wide range, they all had something in common – something had not gone well during their prenatal, birth, or newborn experience, and the child and family had never […]

12 Guiding Principles–PPN Go Global at APPPAH 2017 International Congress

APPPAH hosted its 20th International Congress at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in San Diego, CA November 29-December 3, 2017. Professionals gathered to hear speakers from science, clinical practice, and educational backgrounds in the theme: The Conscious Baby Emerges: Scientific, Medical, Psycho-Social, and Somatic Discoveries. Attendees came from all over the world, including China, […]

February 2018 In-Person Workshop in Monterrey, Mexico with Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty

Evolving Our Care and Support for Families During Pregnancy: New Paradigm, Guiding Principles, and Strategies A 2-Day Workshop with Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty Monterrey, Mexico  •  February 22 – 23, 2018 “The difference between thriving and surviving begins in the womb.” — Drs. McCarty and Glenn The prenatal period is the most powerful developmental period […]

Bridging The Mental Divide in Early Development Education, Training, and Care Programs

As professionals working and researching within both the prenatal and infancy domains of human development and psychology, it became clear to us that a mental divide still exists in our culture and professional practice that separates the prenatal world from that of infancy. Professionals are trained to work within one domain or the other; agencies […]

Beginner’s Mind: What Babies Are Teaching Us

Prenatal and perinatal psychology (PPN) has been immersed for over 40 years in learning about our earliest human experiences and how those early experiences set in motion our fundamental life patterns. What is unique about the PPN field of study and clinical work is that, at its core, it arises from and values understanding early […]