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 for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health adopted and endorses the 12 Guiding Principles-PPN.

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. Founding Chair of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Program, Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.

Marti Glenn, PhD

Clinical Director of Ryzio Institute and primary co-author of the 12 Guiding Principles proclamation. Founding President of Santa Barbara Graduate Institute, known for its graduate degrees in prenatal and perinatal psychology, somatic psychology and clinical psychology.

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The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health Events

APPPAH offers many avenues of learning, participating and collaborating within a community that celebrates and honors the consciousness of babies as both sentient consciousness and sensitive human being from the beginning of life.

APPPAH adopted and endorses the 12 Guiding Principles-PPN.

Here are three upcoming events:

(1) 2019 International Congress
Cultural Impacts of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology: Past, Present, and Future
Denver CO, November 7-10, 2019

(2) Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Educator Certificate Program – PPNE

(3) Conscious Baby Series for Parents

More information about these upcoming events and series.

A Special Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology (PPN) Live Webinar Series
With Wendy Anne McCarty, PhD, RN

Hosted by Kate White, APPPAH Education Director

PPN Therapeutic Play with Babies and Kids – Series #1

Office and Home – Pros and Families
March 13, 20, 27 – 1.5 hours each
9:30 am – 11 am – Pacific Standard Time
This seminar is open to everyone.

PPN Play Therapy – Professionals – Series #2
Follow-up Study Group Series

April 10, 17, and 24, 2018 – 1.25 hours each
9:30 am – 10:45 am – Pacific Standard Time

Sign up early for discount price!

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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