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Association For Pre- And Perinatal Psychology And Health (APPPAH)

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Causes: Mental Health

Mission: The associations mission is to educate professionals and the public about, and advocate for, the life-changing discoveries made in the area of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health.

Target demographics: We believe that these early experiences are formative for both babies and parents, and tend to establish patterns of intimacy and sociality for life. At stake here is quality of life--the quality of personal growth and the quality of society itself.

Geographic areas served: Association of Pre and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) is a public-benefit educational and scientific organization offering information, inspiration, and support to medical professionals, expecting parents, and all persons interested in expanding horizons of birth psychology.

Programs: In addition to the quarterly peer reviewed Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (JOPPPAH), the official scientific publication of APPPAH, we publish the Conscious Baby eZine and also our monthly APPPAH Newsletter. We hold regional and international conferences, and offer online educational programs, we promote research, and serve the public with valuable directories and resources, and work to enhance the pregnancy experience and maximize the health of both mothers and babies. APPPAH members have been at the forefront in recognizing the multiple stresses of modern pregnancy and birth and developing practical therapeutic methods to deal with them.

Community Stories

33 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Apppah is a wonderful organisation who’s doing some revolutionary work in the field of womb and perinatal mental health. I’m an educator and I swear by their philosophy and share lot of apppah teachings in my childbirth classes. You are a wonderful resource and you are loved apppah !

1 Anna H.8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

APPPAH is a treasure trove of knowledge, ideas, and, most importantly, community. I've been involved with APPPAH since 2013, completed the PPNE course in 2016, and attended 4 Congresses-- the people and ideas I've connected with are beyond value.
The professionals and parents involved in APPPAH have a diversity of techniques and theories, but the thing that connects us all is the understanding that consciousness begins long before birth. We are dedicated to sharing this knowledge and understanding, and to building a better world for the sake of future generations. APPPAH and the individuals that compose it give me hope... We heal the earth through better birth.

pbledsoe

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

II work with children as occupational therapists in an enriched sensory environment, which provides lots of hanging equipment and crawling space and places. In my journey with the children, they would share their birth stories with me. I turned to APPPAH to get information and education on what they were telling me. I have been involved with APPPAH for many years had I have marveled at the training and knowledge I have gotten from the experts in the field. I refer everyone to APPPAH so they can see the light also as birth does affect the human. My goal is to help humanity lighten this burden so they can be the individual they should be in their journey.

1 Yuko I.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It's been 20 years since I have studied the babies in the womb attains memories prior to their birth. The information I have gained from my research about Prenatal Memory and experiences are exactly aligned with the APPPAH.

Since the founding of the APPPAH in 1985. I was very pleased to hear that everyone agrees on the "Life starts before conception, not after the birth" at this organization.

It was truly the moment of revelation which gave me a sense of confidence and confirmation about my research.

APPPAH is a fundamental organization for the world to solve the current societal and global issues. If we all appreciate the importance of APPPAH, the world would soon be a better place.

I am hoping to continue and spread the important messages from APPPAH which will regain, promote, and protect the dignity of each person.

Akira Ikegawa, MD. Ph.D.
-translated by Yuko Igarashi (International Coordinator)

Elisa K.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have accessed education and information, as well as connected with other professionals, thanks to APPPAH! They are committed to exactly the same mission as me and I am heartened by their work. I am eternally grateful for this crucial organization!

Aura de la T.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Apppah is a place where every parent and every professional should study and get informed about the importance of prenatal, Birth and postpartum education. Apppah is spreading the importance of being a were about our unborn children and their neurological construction inside de womb. Today we need to create save places where parents and professionals will be able to wake up and prioritize babies. We must change hospitals’ malpractices and understand what is the best for the babies and to for the doctors or hospitals.

Monica H.3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This has always been the rarest treasure-trove that ‘gets it’ about Pre/Peri-Natal imprints and in recent years the structure & marketing outreach has been staying on top & ahead of the curve on a good variety of issues.

Starting with ‘The Secret Life of the Unborn Child’, Verny & Chamberlain were gods to me during my personal healing journey of twin loss at birth as a 3 lb preemie 2-month NICU survivor in 2005. This was the only place for feeling understood but over time as I grew my own healing path out of my 2007-2013 mentorship with Althea Hayton (founder of Womb Twin Survivor syndrome) and advanced to more complicated traumatic effects to serve the burgeoning landscape of womb twin & multiple survivors, to be honest, over time I found less applicable content here - it would be close but still miss it for WTS who have the same issues but were still not quite represented, which is what we, who have abandonment issues, are used to.
To solve this, if APPPAH includes more programming for Womb Twins specifically, it could sit nicely alongside all the other offerings & material to create new synergies. Happy to help!

Thank you to the current administration for evolving + solving over the decades-your programming is progressive so let’s keep breaking down barriers for unity within our own ‘DNA Diaspora’ of the multitude of effects Twins/Multiples suffer. We are all social before birth so I hope you’ll look for & align with new programming in that spirit sourced from 11 years of resolving complicated pre-birth trauma cases. After all, all lives matter in the pre-birth realm and they want their stories known to help the newcomers. We are only at the beginning of understanding IVF/ART effects on lone survivors, so this is going to get even more complicated - habitual avoiders & amniotic amnesia sufferers require solutions to be clear and easily available to give them assurance this is real and they have power to transform their womb story. Thank you for all you do! 20/20TWINVISION - lets make a difference together!

Alison S.4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have recently discovered this organisation. I am a midwife and lactation consultant and spirit baby communicator before life during pregnancy after birth and after pregnancy and birth loss . It is so reassuring to see that there is research proving all that I have been exposed to in this field of work and what baby’s from the spiritual realm have revealed to me . Looking forward to being being more involved in this organisation

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this wonderful organization. They have done much for mothers , babies And the whole of humanity. I really do believe that there can be peace on earth if we begin life consciously and protected.

Leonie C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I found this to be a wealth of knowledgable resource. I had suffered from perinatal depression and was struggling to understand what i was experiencing. I also wasn't getting the support from the usual health care practitioners to help me heal. From this information i was able to move forward and now I teach women how important it is to take care of their mental and emotional health in pregnancy.

1 Tiffany L.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

APPPAH is a wonderful organization. Being involved in the APPPAH pre-and perinatal educator course and community has proven to be extremely valuable to me and my practice. Learning through APPPAH has helped me change the way I serve my clients and has inspired me to become an advocate for pre-and perinatal psychology. Not only do they work hard to bring awareness to issues concerning the wellbeing of babies and parents, but they are initiating a much needed change in the paradigm.

1 Brendon W.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Amazing wisdom that is being shared globally to encourage a paradigm shift for a better world.

1 Aspa K.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I reached out to the AAAPAH after months of "stalking" their social media and devouring every article they posted, in order to ask for a scholarship with them. They offered me a whole year of free access to their articles of which I'm so grateful. They are truly making a difference in the perinatal psychology community. I highly recommend checking this non-profit out!

2 Divya D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Divya from Delhi, India and APPPAH was a place for me to REST in my journey

I intuitively knew that manifesting into this world was a conscious decision for each of us. I felt my child called to me, when I woke up one day and knew I wanted a child and my entire life changed. I gave up a career in engineering and immersed myself to be a mother. I also felt strongly when I was induced and knew deep within that my baby was affected by that.

That was the beginning of my journey 23 years ago. I am been a childbirth educator, doula, hypno-fertility practitioner, biodynamic craniosacral therapist.

My course with APPPAH brought together all the diverse aspects I had explored to date. I found the course well organised and gave me the background to reach out to parents and professionals and practice in an entirely new and novel way.

My interaction with expectant parents shifted from pain management and birth plans to an exploration of themselves as they support their baby's journey from womb to world. This framework shift empowered parents to make choices that put baby and them center stage. I found they became confident and process oriented. In this shift, they found many opportunities to meet their needs, baby's need and yet be connected

My work with infertility clients was also impacted in a similar way. The information offered a way away from desperation and being a victim to acceptance, healing and opening up.

Acknowledging the sentient baby and their journey not only has allowed us (my clients and me) to welcome the little one into world with love but has supported our healing as well

Other than being a brilliant course, APPPAH has been a platform for support and connections. These essential qualities cannot be learnt in theory but have been wonderfully modeled both by mentors and fellow students. I look forward to a long association with APPPAH and opportunities to contribute in the future

Pictures attached: Exploring 'conception story' via art in a birth network gathering

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

APPPAH is out to change how babies are received in this world, and that is probably one of the most important works that can be done.

2 Simoni C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a pre and perinatal psychologist I am extremely grateful to the work of APPPAH. Your contribution to the development of students and professionals in over 40 countries is invaluable!

2 Thomas R. V.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

APPPAH is the only professional association that explores and elucidates all aspects of early human development from conception through infancy based on genetics, neurobiology, psychology and sociology. Whether you are a midwife, duala, nurse, obstetrician, pediatrician, psychologist, social worker or other health professianal or simply a lay person or future parent - as long as you care about pregnant mothers' and children's health - APPAH is your home. I have never met friendlier and more welcoming people than I have at APPPAH Conferences. This is a great institution and deserves your support.
Thomas R. Verny MD, DHL (Hon), DPsych, FRCPC, FAPA

2 martiglenn

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been involved with APPPAH for several decades and have seen so many lives changed for the better. The professional community, the stellar education offers all those who care about the health of babies, their families and their communities a place to belong, a place to learn and grow.

2 Elisabeth F.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I always read the posts from the APPPAH. They deal with profoundly important issues, concerning the way that babies and mothers (and fathers) experience conception, development in the womb, birth and then the very first seconds, minutes, hours, days and months of life. If this wisdom could be more widely spread, listened to and understood, it truly would help our whole world.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent source of information. I intend to certify in prenatal/perinatal education through their intensive program and have been nothing but happy with their resources. I refer my clients to their site all the time.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I get so much valuable information from this group and I'm looking forward to attending the annual conference this year.

2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Fantastic, cutting edge information for people of all ages!! If you are not around babies in your environment, you still are dealing with the little baby inside you!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

APPPAH's resources, community, education, wisdom provide me with invaluable tools for growth and healing in my most important relationships. From birth & developmental struggles to triggers from my childhood, I know I can turn to birth psychology for insight & clarity. Sharing what I learn with others, helps ease their burdens, and co-create a loving future with the big & little people I meet.

3 ninaketscher

Board Member

Rating: 5

I struggled after the birth of my son and knew that APPPAH would be the only resource I could trust. I joined as a member and shortly there after enrolled in the PPNE program. Not only was I able to gain knowledge to support my son and my whole family, I became inspired and passionate about changing how we birth and parent in a more loving conscious way. I’m in the field working to support babies, mamas and papas to have the best possible birth and developmemtal outcomes, creating more peace and love for ourselves and for humanity.

4 Salomi S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

APPPAH, has made information about pre and post natal health easily available, not only for mothers and parents, but also as adults and how our journey In the womb, the process of birth and early years have shaped our behaviour as adults. It has helped me transforms a person.

3

Board Member

Rating: 5

My journey with APPPAH started just over 2 years ago, when I was talking to a very dear friend and therapist of mine that I want to work more closely with babies and mothers. The reason being that if we are to better the world, we need to start from our beginnings, from how we come and are welcomed into this world.
That is when I found www.birthpsychology.com (APPPAH's website)
It was amazing because they offer the courses online so I could continue with my work and finish the PPNE (pre and Perinatal educator) program.
The knowledge, research, scientific evidence and data, the wisdom and generosity of the team and mentors was amazing.
During that time, not all was I learning and discovering this new field, but I also underwent a personal healing journey myself, unraveled my own beginnings and sabotaging patterns I was carrying, and so experienced first hand the power of the program.
And so I started working more closely with APPPAH and now am a board member, and just opened my center that integrates and combines evidence based research, Psychology and Pranic Healing to support and empower women and families in their journey to finding themselves and birthing their children to build a stronger, healthier and happier future generations..
I am so grateful to be part of this amazing organization and its sacred mission.
As Dr Thomas Verney (one of the Founders) says: Womb Ecology becomes World Ecology.

Please do support us in continuing with our Mission by volunteering, sharing, and donating.

4

Advisor

Rating: 5

Great organization that is disseminating scientific information about the consciousness of babies! "The secret to real change for humanity is changing how we come into this world."

5 edukate

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love being involved with the work of APPPAH. I have been a member for many years. Then I became an associate editor of the Journal, and Founding Director of Education. The reason why I love this work so much is that it improves the lives of mothers and babies, and therefore all of humanity. We offer an education at APPPAH about the Baby's experience, a missing part of the health puzzle. The work is a spiritual calling. If you feel led to made a difference in the world, become an educator about this holistic view of human beings, and the deep sentience and wisdom with which we come into form.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I have had the opportunity of volunteering with APPPAH since its beginning in 1983. The mission that we all cherish and support is to protect the mother-baby bond by focusing attention on the "missing link" in childbirth and parenting...that of the conscious, sentient unborn and newborn baby. Science is now proving, almost daily, what scholars and mentors in APPPAH have been saying and teaching for over 35+ years. Join APPPAH and read many wonderful articles about prenatal and perinatal psychology and health in our peer-reviewed professional journal JOPPPAH. This is a very wonderful and important non-profit organization, worthy of your support.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As I began my career as a Craniosacral Therapist, I also trained as childbirth doula. I had been at a CST training and the instructor told us about this organization. Fast forward several years and APPPAH rolled out a course to help those interested in birth to train to become a Pre and Peri Natal Educator. I was among those who signed up for the first group when it became available. I learned so much, and have used this information in my CST practice, not just with pregnant and postpartum moms and babies, but with clients whose gestation and birth trauma left traces in the tissues of their bodies.
This wonderful non profit organization not only changed my life, but the lives of so many people who have found me.
So many believe that babies don't experience physical or emotional moments in utero, during birth and in the early years. Nothing is further from the truth.
The many professionals who participate in this most loving mission have opened the eyes of many, and there are many more who will benefit from understanding what sentient beings our babies are!

3 APPPAHManager

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was attracted to this work because, after being involved with many projects to try to make a difference in life, I realized that the answer to most of our societies problems come from the beginning of life.
The mother is the first relationship a human will have with this world. Mother-Baby security and protection leads to secure attachments, attunement and loving bonds and the development of empathy. This is then turned out to the world.
APPPAH's mission has been fo rover 30 years to raise consciousness about hi important time of human development.

In the words of Suzanne Arms "“If we hope to create a non-violent world where respect and kindess replace fear and hatred, we must begin with how we treat each other at the beginning of life for that is where our deepest patterns are set. From these roots grow fear and alienation ~or love and trust.”

Any person who loves the Earth, or animals and wants peace on Earth needs to support our Mission. This is where we create the paradigm shift enabling more people to have brains geared towards love and trust.

4

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of APPPAH since 1987, I may be a bit biased, but this association has kept a dream and mission alive since its formation as PPPANA in 1983. It is solidly based on volunteers who contribute many hours to the association as board members and member/supporters. It's mission clearly states the purpose of the association and the importance of this mission for all of humanity.

"APPPAH educates professionals and the public, worldwide, that a baby’s experience of conception, pregnancy, and birth creates lifelong consequences for individuals, families, and society. As a result of scientific discoveries and continually emerging evidence, we know babies are conscious and sentient beings."

Review from Guidestar

4

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My involvement with the Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health has transformed my life. This is true in two ways: First, APPPAH is all about educating and supporting humanity in understanding what it takes to support babies and families in optimal human development. And, I was born with a disability. So, APPPAH has been foundational to me engaging the information I have needed to transform my sense of empowerment in dealing with my own challenges.
Second, in this ever-changing and challenged economic and social environment we live in today, my involvement with APPPAH has maintained and strengthened my conviction of knowing that we, as a people and as a race, can solve the most foundational challenges in our lives today. Not only do I know it can be done, but I know the steps I can take that contribute to doing it. These steps include advancing awareness that babies are conscious from the time of conception, and that the building blocks for raising happy and fulfilled people up on this planet starts in the womb. Pregnant women and families must become a priority in order to substantially change the climate of relationships on earth, and APPPAH cultivates the skills and abilities for individuals and entire communities to do that.

Review from Guidestar