Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Article excerpt

This issue of the Journal brings an international gathering of authors. Sarah J. Buckley from Queensland, Australia joins us in the lead article with her extremely well researched article on the topic of undisturbed birth. Inspired by her personal experience, she undertook the challenge of comparing, not only the subjective experience, but the neurological and hormonal differences between undisturbed birth and the more common "disturbed" birthing process. Scouring medically-based journals from around the world, she has succeeded in presenting a case for the maximum ease and safety, for both mother and baby, that can be achieved by minimum intervention in the birthing process. You will find details regarding the natural hormones at work in this process, as well as in-depth discussion of the hormonal interferences caused by medical interventions.

Franz Renggli of Basel, Switzerland returns to our pages, courtesy of North Atlantic Books, who generously has allowed a reprint of Dr. Renggli's chapter in their book, Panic: Origins, Insight, and Treatment. Dr. Renggli's chapter is entitled "Tracing the Roots of Panic to Prenatal Trauma." As background for the case studies presented, the chapter introduces prenatal and perinatal psychology and defines panic in relation to the prenatal and perinatal experience. Following the case presentations, we are treated to closing, reflective paragraphs that were not including in the book chapter.

Continuing our international theme, Jon and Troya Turner of The Netherlands return with a paper based on their presentation at the OMAEP [World Organization of Prenatal Education] & ANEP [Association of National Prenatal Education] Congress held two years ago in Puerto la Cruz, Venezuela. …

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