Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Article excerpt

As summer begins, the natural world seems to expand with warmth and beauty. This issue of the journal expands as well, with a study on prenatal attachment in adoptive families, an exploration of how birth trauma can affect the breastfeeding relationship, a cross-cultural look at how the sense of self is constructed, and an interview with another pioneer of our field.

In this summer issue, Tracy L. Carlis investigates how a birthmother's feelings toward her unborn child might affect her adopted child throughout his or her life. With a wonderful literature view on the topic, she examines the current body of knowledge on how prenatal attachment can profoundly impact the adopted child both mentally and emotionally. Her own research study provides a richer picture of the prenatal experience of the adopted individual.

This month, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett shares clinical approaches to working with mother-baby breastfeeding dyads that have experienced trauma or post-traumatic stress from birth. Her expertise in this area has produced many books, journal articles, and more. In this paper, she gently explores trauma and birth, how it manifests in the breastfeeding relationship, and what professionals can do to help.

Also in this issue, Charles D. Laughlin provides an excellent discussion of various aspects of the self, about which any pre- and perinatal professional is likely to be curious. For those of us who insist on the sentience and consciousness of the baby from the very beginning, a thorough look at how the self is constructed is certainly worthwhile. …

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