Teachings in Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology
William Emerson, PhD
In this five-part series, you will have the opportunity to learn from one of our preeminent prenatal and perinatal psychology pioneers, Dr. Emerson.This information is not routinely taught in conventional education around pregnancy and birth.
This knowledge is vitally important to all practitioners who work with pregnant mothers and new babies, and will provide them with tools to practice the art and science of prenatal and perinatal psychology according to the work of Dr. William Emerson.
The lecture series includes:
1:Birth Pathway Presence: A Sojourn into Birth Spirituality and Wounding
In this basic introduction to birth stages, Dr. Emersion describes Birth Pathway Presence (BPP), a method of treating birth trauma during infancy he developed over 40 years ago.Using this treatment modality, he has trained thousands of professionals worldwide how to understand embodied spirituality as a legitimate aspect of every birth, often lost in medicalized birth, but recoverable during birth sojourns using BPP.Dr. Emerson will describe how parents can use this approach with their own babies and children to treat birth trauma and heal spiritual wounding.
2: Birth Pathway Presence: Encountering Three Stages of Birth to Enable Spirituality and Human Potential
In this advanced description of Birth Pathway Presence (BPP), Dr. Emerson reviews basic techniques of BPP and teaches advanced techniques on reconstruction of birth and reconnection to spirituality.He discusses the psychological correlates and impacts of each birth stage and describes how parents can use BPP to prevent their own traumas from erupting before or during childbirth as well as how they can use BPP with their babies to treat trauma and heal spiritual wounding that may have occurred during birth.Dr. Emerson also describes more advanced BPP techniques, that can help to make parents, midwives, somatic practitioners, psychotherapists, trauma therapists, and other healing professionals more versatile in meeting the healing needs of newborns.
3:Maternal Birth Trauma in Natural and Interventional Childbirth: Prevention and Treatment Considerations
Before the medicalisation of childbirth that began in the mid-twentieth century, women gave birth naturally out of necessity. But now, it's a rare woman who does not encounter interventions during childbirth, and most women encounter many. Dr. Emerson’s lecture explains the outcomes of medicalised childbirth with science-based information and provides potential solutions.
4: Infant Birth Trauma: Prevention, Amelioration and Treatment
Dr. Emerson describes his own measurement system for diagnosing infant birth trauma.He also shares research by other trauma experts and describes their trauma measures. Dr. Emerson describes how infant birth trauma can be prevented and treat, and he will share a treatment process he has developed called Birth Pathway Presence that parents, birth practitioners, midwives, somatic practitioners, psychotherapists, trauma therapists, and other healing professionals can use to ameliorate birth trauma.He differentiates between using amelioration is an educational and gentle intervention tool for paraprofessionals and parents compared to treatment methods are designed for licensed health care personnel.
5: Trauma and Shock: Essential Distinctions of Psychological Trauma
Dr. Emerson discusses the importance of distinguishing between trauma and shock (a more severe form of trauma) and how to make an accurate diagnosis in a prenatal and perinatal context.He describes with clear examples how differently they must be treated to prevent harm to clients and lead to therapeutic outcomes.
Dr. Emerson is a clinical as well as a birth psychologist with fifty years of experience in treating PPN trauma, and in preventing the same with prenatal bonding. He has been and still is an avid supporter of APPPAH. He was a member for 36 years, a board member for 33 years, and a President for 7 years. He spent decades studying and practicing spirituality, was a long-term disciple of Muktananda, and an authorized teacher of Siddha Yoga. He ran workshops and trainings in pre and perinatal psychology for five decades and counting, and had the privilege of teaching or mentoring a number of current leaders in the field, such as Marti Glenn, Myrna Martin, Ray Castellino, Wendy McCarty, Sandra Bardsley, Ludwig Janus, Karlton Terry, Marjorie Rand, Robert Oliver, Franz Rengli, and others.
One of his special contributions was to develop pre- and perinatal treatment methods for traumatized infants and children, which revealed unique methods for diagnosing and treating adults. He first published articles on infant and child trauma treatment in the 1989 APPPAH journal, and in the 1987 Aesthema journal (for the International Primal Association). He brought pre- and perinatal trauma treatment to thousands of professionals in a variety of disciplines such as psychiatry and psychotherapy, to somatic pediatric, chiropractic, osteopathic practitioners, as well as to feldenkreis, polarity, and cranial-sacral practitioners.
He is currently writing books. He published Geburtstrauma (Birth Trauma) in Austria and Germany in 2019 (Mattes Verlag Publishing), and in Holland in July 2021 (Uitgeverij-Mens Publishing). He plans to release an advanced English version of the same book in the US in 2022 (Stonebrook Publishing House). He is currently finishing a book in English entitled, Interventionism - An Expose on American Childbirth. He lives in Germany and California with his life partner, and is working less and playing more. Writing and teaching remain his professional goals.