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PPN Findings: A Call to Evolve Early Development Theories and Models

PPN Findings: A Call to Evolve Early Development Theories and Models

An Overview

The field of prenatal and perinatal psychology has decades of clinical evidence and experience that expand our current early development understandings to a greater multidimensional lens.

Often when professionals enter the PPN field of literature and training, there is a disorientation of how to make sense of PPN findings when compared to currently held mainstream early development and early relationship theories and research.

Dr. McCarty has traversed this territory for three decades and offers this class to help participants navigate in their exploration and to suggest ways to evolve your own creative synergy of traditional and PPN-oriented models.

About Wendy Anne McCarty

Wendy Anne McCarty

PhD, RN, HNB-BC, DCEP

Co-founder, chair, core faculty of first prenatal and perinatal psychology graduate degree programs, SBGI. Co-founder, primary therapist BEBA, a non-profit PPN-oriented baby-centered family therapy. Early development theorist and author of Welcoming Consciousness-An Integrated Model of Early Development and over 40 PPN-oriented publications. Keynote presenter and trainer for professionals. Global consultant/mentor to families and professions. Recipient of the APPPAH 2017 Thomas Verny Award for Excellence in the PPN field.

Readings Recommended Prior to Class

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. (Online bookstores carry print and kindle)

McCarty, W. A. (2002b). The power of beliefs: What babies are teaching us. Journal of Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology & Health, 16, 341-360.

PDF of Selected Publications Included in Course


Your Instructor


Nina Ketscher, MA, PPNE, CEIM
Nina Ketscher, MA, PPNE, CEIM

Nina Ketscher, MA, PPNE, CEIM is the Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) and a graduate and mentor of APPPAH’s Prenatal & Perinatal Educator certification program (PPNE). She holds a Masters in Clinical Psychology with a specialty in Somatic Psychology from Santa Barbara Graduate Institute and lived and studied Eastern Wisdoms for 5 years in India. Nina works with babies, children and their families to nurture healthy connections with themselves, in relationship with each other, and guides them with practical ways to navigate, with greater peace and ease, the challenging world we live in. Nina worked as a Health Coach Educator at an Integrative and Functional Medicine Pediatric clinic in the US, where she profoundly experienced the health benefits of integrating functional medicine with somatic and prenatal and perinatal psychology. With this experience, Nina sees a greater need for Prenatal and Perinatal Educators (PPNE) to be integrated throughout the medical, mental and behavioral health, and educational systems. Originally from California, Nina resides in Leipzig, Germany with her husband and her 6 year old son. Nina believes through expanding our view to include the babies perspective of conception, pregnancy, birth, and parenting, and integrate somatic, prenatal and perinatal, and energy psychology, we will nurture new generations of strong, conscious and loving children, and parents, equipped to face the challenges of our modern and unstable world. Connect directly with her at [email protected] or [email protected] For more information about APPPAH’s Educational Programs: https://birth-psychology-classwomb.teachable.com/p... free-content


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