100 YEARS PRENATAL PSYCHOLOGY: VITAL KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING THE MEANING IN LIFE

2016-10-25

PRENATAL & LIFE SCIENCES CENTENARY ANTHOLOGY: CALL TO WRITERS 

Background: Otto Rank began his study of the possible effect of birth experiences in 1904 finally publishing The Trauma of Birth in 1923. With these two dates marking Rank's evolutionary hypothesis in mind, it can be said that Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology is approximately a Century or 100 years of age. The present era of its maturity dates from 1980s when Dr. Thomas R. Verny established the Pre- & Perinatal Psychology Association of North America (now APPPAH - the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology & Health) and Prof. Peter G. Fedor-Freybergh established ISPPM - the International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine.

An Invitation: Marking Rank's evolutionary research, The International Journal of Prenatal & Life Sciences will publish a Centenary Anthology with a tentative working title 100 YEARS PRENATAL PSYCHOLOGY: VITAL KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING THE MEANING IN LIFE. The Editors are pleased to extend an Invitation to you as a Pioneer in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology to submit a Chapter proposal to make this book a landmark Reference Volume. Date for submission of the complete paper will be in 2017 (end of October). Please send your chapter proposal by the end of February 2017. Use the submissions button online.

Information about the P&LS Centenary Anthology

Working/ Temporary Title:
100 YEARS PRENATAL PSYCHOLOGY: VITAL KEYS TO UNDERSTANDING THE MEANING IN LIFE

Type: Non-fiction, collective work

Aim: To make clear how the search for meaning in the primal experiences of our being can cast light on understanding of the quality of life, health and how we relate with ourselves, the others and the world.

To provide a platform to creative reflection as to how civilization can start with every thought or emotion that we choose to balance today.

To rethink about the use of technology and see how we can use it to the benefit of Humanity.

To pose questions so that the younger generations entering the field can further this knowledge even more.

Readership: For Professionals working in the fields of Prenatal & Life Sciences who would like to take into account the research work, clinical observations, reflections and conclusions of those who have dedicated their lives to research of the primal experience of human beings from before conception, during pregnancy, at birth and afterwards and how these experiences are a template or metaphor repeated in everyday lives of children and adults.

Themes of Interest

Individual and relational experiences of birth:

The Metaphor of our Prenatal experience

Woman perspectives on the process of birth

Psychological, social and medical perspectives on the process of birth

The trapped Creative Power

Individual resources as determinants of birth process

Is there a conception/ gestation/birth trauma?

Support during transition to parenthood

The Bonding that Liberates

Recovering Prenatal memories

Birth - Beyond here and now:

Transgenerational unbalanced experience

Beyond condemning our parents for our experiences

Why are we who we are? What shapes our living experience?

Me as a part of the culture and birth

Social schemata (stereotypes, roles etc.) and birth

General questions and challenges:

What we know so far (a concise historical background of the evolution of prebirth psychology)

Technology: A friend or a Foe?

What remains to be discovered?

Towards a Future that makes sense

Connecting civilization and prenatal experience

Models that have been introduced, are at work or being under consideration (healing or diagnostic methodologies)

Theories that make sense

Health and Life Quality Advancement Programs focusing on the Prenate

Human Rights and the Unborn Child