Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Academic journal article Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health

Editorial

Article excerpt

As the months turn toward the harvest time of autumn, JOPPPAH continues its publication of research and writing in the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology. We are gathering more new writers and staff. This issue witnesses the work of Ohkado Masayuki, PhD, a professor on the Faculty of General Education at Chubu University in Aichi, Japan. His research into prebirth and birth memories gives readers a view into a particular slice of Japanese culture.

We are also pleased to support the work of a young researcher in the PPN field, Anna Humphreys, BA, with the publication of her excellent paper on prenatal maternal stress and its impact on babies and children. Humphreys is a certified doula through DONA, educator of infant massage (CEIM), and Calm Birth meditation instructor in Ashland, Oregon. Her writing has academic and practitioner value as it explores the biochemistry of stress and how to work with it during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

In this issue, Elizabeth Soliday, PhD, and Stefani Mammenga contribute a wonderful research paper on the birth views of young university women and men who had not yet become parents. By examining whether these young people endorsed medicalized or natural birth practices, Soliday and Mammenga's study sparks curiosity around how enculturated beliefs affect one's birth philosophy.

Additionally, Dr. Ludwig Janus offers an interesting perspective on the mental development of humans, both individually and collectively. Through understanding the uniqueness of human birth, Dr. Janus argues that we can uncover humanity's particular mental relationship to our inner and outer world. He underscores the importance of pre- and perinatal psychology as an essential tool for understanding ourselves as a species as well as understanding ourselves on a personal level. …

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