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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

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

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