Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Article excerpt

After decades of influential work in the childbirth and health research arena, French Obstetrician, Michel Odent, M.D.'s essays will find a home annually in the winter edition of the Journal. This time Dr. Odent begins by defining primal health research as, "exploring the links between the primal period (from conception until the first birthday) and health and behavior later on in life." The first essay is entitled, The Primal Period of Spiritual Héros, and it lifts gems from historical facts about the early primal periods of Buddha, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. In the second essay, The Long Term Consequences of How We Are Born, he focuses on two perspectives: The adaptability of perinates to oxygen deprivation, and the capacity to love that begins around birth, as well as the potential for violent criminality and selfdestructive behaviors. Third, Dr. Odent points to the many resourceful materials found at the Primal Health Research website, located at http://www.birthworks.org/primalhealth/. But in this essay, The Gaps in Primal Health Research, examines some of the deficiencies that exist in this literature as well. The fourth article is entitled, How Effective is the Accordion Method? Evaluating our Preconceptional Programme. It briefly reviews the history and development of the programme to the point of empirically evaluating the effects of developmental toxicity.

An invited paper by Franz Renggli of Basel, Switzerland is offered next. Readers of the journal may recall from the Spring, 2002 edition Dr. Renggli's discussion of the prenatal and perinatal dimensions within Egyptian mythology and culture. Here the fascinating subject of the origin of anxiety is explored. Starting with the Sumerians, Dr. Renggli describes how developing societies separated mothers from their babies and so began the life of anxiety and alienation which can be found as a theme in the oldest recorded stories in the world.

From our Italian colleagues, Paola Di Blasio and Chiara Ionio, a research study is included. It focuses on post-traumatic stress disorders, which arise after childbirth that might trigger postpartum psychological sequela. …

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