Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Article excerpt

I have among the books on the shelves in my bedroom a slim cream and red orange volume labeled Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Journal, Volume 9, Number 1, Fall 1994. The cover is stained perhaps by water or coffee spilled on it, but the contents are classic. They include an article by David Chamberlain on The Sentient Prenate, Thomas Verny's comments on The Stork in the Lab, William Sallenbach's often quoted case, Claira: A Case Study in Prenatal Learning and an anthropology article, by my immediate predecessor as Editor of this Journal, Charles Laughlin, entitled Birth Control, Abortion and Infanticide in Cross-cultural Perspectives. The 1994 issue was the very first that I edited. This issue will be my last. In my first editorial I commented on how privileged I felt to have been appointed as the editor. The seven years I have spent in this position have been exactly that-a privilege that I will cherish. Dr. David Chamberlain, whose magnificent service to APPPAH is known to all who read this Journal will serve as Guest Editor for the next two issues, volume 16, Spring and Summer.

If the first issue I edited was a tribute to the pioneers in the area of prenatal and perinatal psychology this edition is celebration of some of the new voices in the field. Marcy Axness in her poetic article, Toward a Fluid Dance in Seamless Dress, urges researchers to integrate their scientific and spiritual orientations. Cell biologist Bruce Lipton presents a paradigm-breaking perspective in Nature, Nurture and Human Development, pointing to the incongruity of conventional biological thinking on nature and nurture with the startling discovery of the Human Genome Project that the human gene pool is only 1A the size previously believed. He explains how the nurturing experience of the environment, beginning in utero, inspires "learned perceptions" which shape the subconscious mind, and life. Dale Glabach, who is one of the first graduates in the discipline of Evolutionary Psychology, challenges us with the idea that Naturally Sexual Breast-Feeding is in his words "an evolutionary prescription for emotional health. …

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