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  • Reading/Viewing Requirements
  • A complete list of required and recommended readings for the entire PPNE Certification are listed in the first Module (Foundational Information and Introduction to Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Education (PPNE)).Each Module also lists the specific required and recommended reading and video requirements for that particular Module.
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APPPAH PPNE Certification Program

Book List

Required Reading and Viewing:

Bowlby, J. (1969) Attachment (vol 1). New York: Basic Books. Chapters 11 & 12 in part III, and chapter 14 in part IV.

Chamberlain, D.(2013). Windows to the womb. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books

Cozolino, L. (2014). The neuroscience of human relationships: Attachment and the social brain. New York, NY: W.W. Norton and Co.

Davis-Floyd, R. (2009). Birth models that work. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press.

Davis-Floyd, R. & Jordan, B. (2004). Birth as an American rite of passage, 2nd ed. Berkeley, CA: U of California Press.

Kerr-Morse, Robin. (2012). Scared sick: The role of childhood trauma in adult disease. New York, NY: Basic Books.

Klaus, M.H., Kennell, J.H., & Klaus, P.H. (1995). Bonding. New York: Addison/Wesley Publishing

Levine, P. (2016) Trauma and memory: Brain and body in a search for the living past: A practical guide for understanding and working with traumatic memory. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books.

McCarty, W. A. (2012). Welcoming consciousness: Supporting babies’ wholeness from the beginning of life­–An integrated model of early development. Santa Barbara, CA: Wondrous Beginnings Publishing.

Nilsson, L. (1990/2004). A child is born. New York: Dell.

Seng, J. and Taylor, J. (2015). Trauma informed care in the perinatal period. Edinburgh, UK: Dunedin Academic Press.

Siegel, D. and Hartzell, M. (2004/2013). Parenting from the inside out. New York, NY: Tarcher Press.

Thompson, Rebecca. (2012). Creating Connection: Essential Tools for Growing Families from Conception, Birth, and Beyond. (Book 2 of the Consciously Parenting series.) Crystal Beach, FL: The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC. Chapters 1, 2.

Verny, T. & Weintraub P. (2002) Pre-Parenting: Nurturing your child from conception. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Weinstein, A. (2016). Prenatal development and parents' lived experiences: How early events shape our psychophysiology and relationships (Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology). NY: Norton Press

Wilks, J. Ed. (2017). An integrative approach to treating babies and children: A multidisciplinary approach. Philadelphia, PA and London, England: Singing Dragon.

Suggested Reading and Viewing: Not Required

Axness, M. ( 2012). Parenting for peace.Boulder, CO: Sentient Publications.

Brady, M. (2013). Right listening. Langley, WA: Paideia Press.

Brady, M. (2013) Social Neuroscience Course. This is an excellent online course that is highly technical and detailed.

Chabat, A., Billot, A. & Balmes, T. (2010).Babies. United States: NBC Universal.

Chang, Penny. (2012).Conversations from the womb: Communicating with your baby during pregnancy and before conception. Charlottesville, VA: Healing Heart Press.

Deloache, J. & Gottlieb, A. (2000). A world of babies: Imagined childcare guides for seven societies.New York: Cambridge University Press.

Gerhardt. S. (2004) Why love matters: How affection shapes a baby’s brain.New York: Routledge.

Grille, R. (2014).Parenting for a peaceful world. New South Wales, Australia: Longueville Media.

Houser, Patrick. (2007) The fathers-to-be-handbook: A roadmap for the transition to fatherhood. Kent, Enlgand: Creative Life Systems, LTD.

Johnson, Sue. (2008) Hold me tight: seven conversations for a lifetime of love. New York: Little, Brown and Company.

Lake, R. &Epstein, A. (2008). The business of being born. United States: Millenium.

Levine, P. & Fredrick, A. (1997). Waking the tiger: Healing trauma, the innate capacity to transform overwhelming experiences. CA: North Atlantic Books.

Levine, P. (2010). In an unspoken voice: How the body releases trauma and restores goodness. CA: North Atlantic Books.

Nathanielz, P. & Vaughn, C. (2001). Prenatal prescription. New York, NY: HarperCollins Press.

Paul, A. M.(2011). Origins: How the first nine months shape the rest of our lives. New York, NY:Free Press.

Siegal, D.(2012). The developing mind, 2nd ed: How relationships and the brain interact to shape who we are. New York, NY: Guildford Press.

Siegel, D. (2007). The mindful brain. New York, NY: W.W. Norton Press.

Siegel, D. and Hartzell, M. (2004). Parenting from the inside out. New York, NY: Tarcher Press.

Sunderland, Margot. (2008). The science of parenting. New York: DK Publishing

Taylor, K. (1995). The ethics of caring.Santa Cruz, CA: Handford Mead Publishers.Chapters 3, 4 12, 13.

The Healthy Children Project & Brimdyr, K. (2011). The magic hour: Skin-to-skin. United States & Sweden: The Healthy Children Project.

Thompson, Rebecca. (2012). Consciously Parenting: What it Really Takes to Raise Emotionally Healthy Families. (Book 1 of the Consciously Parenting series.) Crystal Beach, FL: The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC.

Thompson, Rebecca. (2013). Nurturing Connection: What Parents Need to Know about Emotional Expression and Bonding. (Book 3 of the Consciously Parenting series.) Crystal Beach, FL: The Consciously Parenting Project, LLC.

Tsiaras, A. (2002. From conception to birth: A life unfolds. New York, NY: Doubleday.

Verny, T., & Kelly, J. (1981). Secret life of the unborn child. New York, NY: Dell Books.