Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Article excerpt

This edition of the journal offers three research articles that examine trauma during the prenatal and perinatal period, but from distinct and unique perspectives. In the lead article by Ann Speckhard, Ph.D. and Natalia Mufel we learn about the trauma women in the former Soviet Union experience following an abortion. Their work is entitled, "Universal Responses to Abortion? Attachment, Trauma and Grief Responses in Woman Following Abortion." While the authors studied a sample from the country of Belarus, they also compared their results to those available from Western samples investigating the same phenomenon. This adds to the documentation on the universal nature of posttraumatic sequelae reported by women after a completed abortion.

Dr. Anne MacLean's article appears second, and is a more in-depth submission (first seen in the Spring, 2003 edition) on healing trauma using EMDR. This cutting edge therapy approach to reducing suffering and symptomology that applies prenatal and perinatal psychology theory into the EMDR paradigm is a very exciting development. Beyond this, the author also continues her unique use of EMDR with the compelling subject of exploring the transpersonal dimensions of the soul. That is, what access might there be to existence before this incarnation. The case studies are richly depicted in their stories of trauma and tragedy, yet with each reporting a hopeful outcome. It is a window into altered states of consciousness where the reader is able to see the power of early experiences that then run like a thread throughout a lifetime. …

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