One Woman’s Mission: Turn Tragedy into Call for Education and Change with Help of 12 Guiding Principles-PPN

Last week I received a deeply moving email from Professor Luisella Magnani, faculty at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy. Her heartbreaking story compels us to examine the way we care for our sick babies. In her own words:

I take the liberty of writing you in order to tell you that I am studying the 12 Guiding Principles ­– Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology with great interest. I completely and absolutely agree with you, with each word breathing in them.I am a Professor of Linguistic and Aesthetics and since 2010 I have been studying pain in Prenatal-Perinatal-and-Preverbal age.

I am my little Giampaolo’s aunt. Giampaolo was diagnosed the acute lymphoblastic leukemia on 8th March 2010, at 12 months. He died after months of great pain and distress at 19 months, in PICU, on 17th October 2010.

He was cared for only pharmacologically. His communications of the pain he endured–his crying, gestures, signs, vocalizations, movements were undervalued, underestimated, underconsidered because as one said, “He is too little.” (to meaningfully experience and communicate his pain). Read more

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 really gotten over it. I began specializing in therapeutic child center family play therapy as a way to work with those very early experiences.

The children taught me a great deal over the years. If we slowed down and allowed the child to lead us in the play, they would reveal their accurate memories and reactions to what had happened while they were in the womb or as a newborn. And with intentional play, we could elegantly help them heal and the whole family experienced more closeness and positive feelings together.  Read more

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, India, Hungary, Germany, Brazil, Australia, Lithuania, England, France, Denmark, Canada, and from all over the United States, thirsty to learn more, share what they were doing in their countries, and to initiate more collaborative projects. I was deeply touched by the positive impact they were having in their communities implementing PPN knowledge and practices, as well as what they are adding to our collective field.

The 12 Guiding Principles–Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology were featured at the conference.

APPPAH endorses the principles and every attendee received a copy of The 12 Guiding Principles Brochure. Starter packages (25 brochures) were available for people to take back to their countries for their clients, organizations, and communities. Read more

March 2018 Live Webinar Series with Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty

A Special Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology (PPN) Live Webinar Series: PPN Therapeutic Play With Babies and Kids Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty Hosted by Kate White, APPPAH Education Co-Director Discount Early Registration Until February 8, 2018

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 in a person’s life. Prenatal and perinatal psychology has been intensely studying this period from the baby’s point of view for decades. The findings call for us to evolve and expand our understandings and practices. Read more

October 2018 Workshops in Germany with Dr. Wendy Anne McCarty

 

The workshops are for all professionals supporting families during the prenatal and perinatal period, and families with infants and young children, i.e. craniosacral therapists, physiotherapists, osteopaths, holistic practitioners, bodyworkers, psychologists, social workers, midwives, doulas, childbirth educators, and early childhood educators. Read more

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 and services are funded for one or the other. Until now there has not been a logical reason to do otherwise.  However, we see a shift on the horizon. Read more

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 development from the baby’s point of view Read more