Association of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health

International Birth Psychology Month 2020

Seeing Birth from the Baby’s Perspective

 Join APPPAH's LIVE Monthly Support Calls for Parents!


APPPAH is a valuable and beneficial layer of support for Babies, Mothers, Partners and Families.

The Nurturing Connection Parenting Program supports and nurtures parents to enhance the connection they have with themselves; body, mind, heart and soul, in order to help them nurture more deeply the connection they have with their babies and children. Parents will learn practical life-long skills to navigate the stress that comes from parenting and life, especially in response to the current health crisis humanity is facing.

Join our Nurturing Connection Parenting Program and receive a layer of support for you, your clients and your family. Attend LIVE or watch later monthly calls that give practical skills and support you as parents, at any stage of your parenting journey.

As a professional you can join our Affiliate Program for the Nurturing Connection Parenting Program, so you can be a grounded and resourced layer of support for your clients, friends and families.

Rebecca Thompson Hitt, MS, MFT PPNE
Parenting & Affiliate Coordinator


Become an even Stronger Layer of Support

for Your Community!


“I’m especially aware of the need to create babies that are mentally and physically healthy, in order to have a world that is healthy and peaceful.”

~ Dr. David Chamberlain

Monday LIVE! Speakers for Birth Psychology Month

Dr. Robert Bruce Newman

Prenatal Meditation and Evolution: The Calm Birth Method 

Dr. Gerhard Schroth

Prenatal Bonding (BA)
A method to shelter a pregnancy - Some impressions

Joel Evans, MD

The Quality of Prenatal Life Shapes Nations: Simple Cultural Changes to Seed Meaningful Futures

Marti Glenn, Phd

The Science Behind Adverse Early Experiences Assessment 

Webinars in from our 2019 Trauma Informed Care Panel

Jennie Joseph, LM, CPM

Let's Stop Re-traumatizing the Traumatized! 
Providing Perinatal Safety The JJ Way

Jennie Birkholz, MHA

Transforming Trauma in Prenatal and Perinatal Care

Dr. Heather Clarke, CNM, DNP, FACNM

PPNE Graduate & Mentor

The Impact of Transgenerational Influences and Race on Perinatal Outcomes for Black Women living in the United States

Elsa Asher, MS, RCST©

PPNE Graduate & Mentor

Gender & Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum

Explore Birth Psychology

APPPAH offers an extensive library of peer-reviewed journal articles, as well as educational webinars, live trainings and complete online courses, for both parents and professionals interested in supporting physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual health of mothers, babies, partners and the whole family.

Discover trainings on nurturing the connection between parents and children, pre- and perinatal health from a professional perspective, the intercultural impacts of prenatal & perinatal educators (PPNE) in the world, birth from a babies perspective and much more.

Please click on the pictures below to learn more about our online courses.

Free Webinars

Exploring Birth Psychology

Nurturing Connection

Parenting Program

Monday Live

Exploring Birth Psychology


International Congress


World Renowned Prenatal & Perinatal Educator Program

Every parent wants a healthy baby, and every prenatal, birth, and postpartum professional wants the best outcome.

APPPAH Classwomb™ is pleased to offer its Prenatal and Perinatal Educator (PPNE) Certificate Program. 11 modules of amazing information about our holistic approach to understanding the baby's experience for professionals.

This PPNE Certificate Program includes:


  • Access to Eleven (11) Education Modules for one year
  • Personal Mentor
  • Current "Monday LIVE!” Series - weekly classroom calls with mentors and PPN experts
  • APPPAH 1 yr. membership or membership renewal

“I’ve referred many of my trainees and colleagues to APPPAH’s  educator program, and seen the confidence, healing power, success, and professionalism that the program provides.  I highly recommend it to clients, parents and trauma professionals to prevent trauma and provide for medical and psychological health.  It’s a great course.”

~ William R. Emerson, Ph.D., President Emeritus, APPPAH

“A life changing educational program both personally & professionally that has allowed our PPNE graduates to serve the need of babies and their families in our communities and beyond. Nothing feels more satisfying then knowing we are supporting parents to nurture the whole child from the beginning.”

~  Nina Ketscher, MA, PPNE, CEIM, Director of Education APPPAH

“One of the most meaningful things I’ve done in my life. I should have studied this coming right out of high school. I processed on such a deep level in this course. I absolutely loved it!”

~ Vearle Avni, Midwife, IBCLC, PPNE Graduate, Abu Dhabi

“The PPNE program has profoundly impacted me. After years of working as a mental health counselor, I felt a growing need to work pro-actively to help prevent trauma. APPPAH provided the foundation for this. It became very clear how to prevent trauma in the earliest stages of life. The program was beyond educational. It was truly enlightening."

~ Elizabeth Wasserman, LPC, PPNE, Chicago, IL

12 Guiding Principles - Prenatal and Perinatal 

Nurturing human potential and optimizing relationships from the beginning of life

Understanding our earliest relationship experiences from the baby’s point of view and how these experiences set in motion life patterns has been the intense study of the field of prenatal and perinatal psychology for over 40 years. The field uses this lens to focus on our earliest human experience from preconception through baby’s first postnatal year and its role in creating children who thrive and become resilient, loving adults.

Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology incorporates research and clinical experience from leading-edge fields such as epigenetics, biodynamic embryology, infant mental health, attachment, early trauma, developmental neurosciences, consciousness studies and other new sciences.

We offer these 12 principles as a beacon to help guide parenting practice, professional practice, theory and research and to support human potential and optimal relationships from the beginning of life. These principles lay the foundation for a new movement in welcoming and caring for our babies. Everyone has a part to play.

The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health adopted and endorses the 12 Guiding Principles-PPN.

Click here to learn more about the 12 Guiding Principles.


Download Digital Brochures in 4 languages and MORE

If you wish to help organize translation and funding of the 12 Guiding Principles PPN into your countries language(s),

please contact Nina Ketscher, the Director of Education

Become an APPPAH Member and Support Our Mission

To support and promote human potential from the very beginning of life by providing global education

to professionals and families about emerging evidence in prenatal and perinatal science.


  • Digital access to our peer-reviewed Journal (JOPPPAH) including past issues
  • Quarterly newsletter with special offers for members
  • Free and discounted lectures and educational programs
  • Discounted international congress registration

Create a Healthier Future

"The Future of Humanity

lies in the Future of Child Birth"

Dr. Aruna Narvekar, Manashakti Research Centre, India

Together with professionals and families like you, we will help to create a positive and powerful global impact on health for Mothers, Babies, Partners & the Whole Family.

Your Donation this month will give support in 2020:

  • Enhancements to the curriculum of our World-Renowned Prenatal & Perinatal Educator Program. We are growing this one-of-a-kind life enhancing and transformative program that currently has students and graduates in over 46 countries.
  • Development of our NEW Nurturing Connection Parenting Program. Reaching local communities and creating opportunities for practitioners to become affiliates of this amazing parenting program.
  • Launching our NEW accredited educational program “Birth Psychology for Midwives & Birth Professionals.” Currently being developed by some of the top midwives in this country.
  • Development of the “Hands-On Body Work for Babies Course”. This is the only course of its kind and will be invaluable for all practitioners working with babies.

Please help us make these Goals a reality!

Your contributions empower our future generations world wide!


About the Association of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH)

Mission Statement

We support and promote human potential from the very beginning of life by providing global education to professionals and families about emerging evidence in prenatal and perinatal science.

APPPAH’s vision is that every new baby:

  • is welcomed into the world with conscious conception, prenatal bonding, and a safe and non-traumatic birth;
  • is seen, heard, and treated with gentle and loving respect by birth workers, medical personnel, parents, and family who recognize babies as the conscious and sentient beings they are;
  • is celebrated, understood, and supported by parents, family, and educators as their purpose in life unfolds;
  • will grow and develop within an environment of collaborate family and community support, unbiased acceptance, and unconditional love;
  • will become an adult who is motivated and equipped with the ability to find peaceful solutions to the problems in our world.

Our Core Values

The Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) aspires to adhere to the following core values to guide the organization’s actions and decisions:

  • Progressive leadership in supporting the advancement of the organization’s vision and mission.
  • Integrity and competence in its service to members, consumers, and other associations.
  • Professionalism in creating and providing quality educational resources to advance a global awareness that babies are conscious, sentient beings.
  • Commitment to providing scientific information, inspiration, and support to professionals, parents, and all those interested in expanding their understanding of birth psychology and health.