Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Sharing Space

Academic journal article Pre- and Peri-natal Psychology Journal

Sharing Space

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ISPPM Congress in Heidelberg

A small hotel on the mountainside overlooking the castle in the old city of Heidelberg, Germany was the romantic gathering place for the 11th Congress of our sister organization, the International Society for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine (ISPPM). About two hundred enthusiasts were drawn from all parts of Europe and from as far away as Brazil, Australia and Thailand. Eight of us made the journey from North America.

Many concurrent sessions (three to four rooms busy at a time) were scheduled and papers were read in German or English, with only informal translation available on a catch-as-catch-can basis. Coffee breaks (with genuine German pastries) and luncheons facilitated feverish networking activity, one of the prime values of any conference. Unusual interest was shown in sessions given by Thomas Verny, David Chamberlain, Barbara Findeisen, Jane English, Franz Veldman (France), Binnie Dansby and David Wasdell (England), Peter Hepper (Ireland), and Leo Leader (Australia).

Ludwig Janus, M. D., now President of ISPPM, received a standing ovation for his geniality and patience as congress chairperson. …

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