Dr Verny describes and explores how during the past few years through the combined efforts of embryologists, physiologists, obstetricians, pediatricians, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists and many other health professionals a new science of Pre- and Perinatal Psychology has emerged.
Prenatal & Perinatal Psychology is the pioneering field of science that explores how our earliest experiences – from conception to infancy – can leave lifelong marks on our self-image, perceptions, behaviour and relationship patterns, even our health. This science is concerned with exploring the psychology of conception, pregnancy, labor, delivery and the postpartum period as well as with the unborn and newborn child’s intellectual and emotional development. Advances in Pre- and Perinatal Psychology are changing our established view of unborn and newborn children.
Scientific evidence collected over the last several decades has shown that infants have capabilities far beyond what they were given credit for in the past. Based purely on the extent of their physical development, it was mistakenly assumed that unborn and even newborn children’s brains did not yet have the capacity to be aware of their surroundings, to lay down memory or to feel pain. However, as a result of research in PPP (Pre- and Perinatal Psychology) infants are no longer seen as functioning on a purely vegetative level but rather as complex beings that are sensitive and sensible and capable of observing, learning, feeling and remembering at least from the age of 6 months post conception and perhaps earlier.
Thomas R. Verny
MD, DPSYCH., DHL, FRCPC, FAPA,
Thomas R. Verny is a psychiatrist, writer and academic. He has previously taught at Harvard University, University of Toronto, York University, Toronto, St. Mary’s University, Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute.
In 1974 Verny wrote his first book, Inside Groups, for McGraw Hill. The Secret Life of the Unborn Child (with John Kelly). In 1983 Verny founded the Pre- and Perinatal Psychology Association of North America (PPPANA, renamed APPPAH in 1995), and served as its president for eight years.
Verny ‘s book, TOMORROW’S BABY: The Art and Science of Parenting from Conception through Infancy, written with Pamela Weintraub, was published 2002. In addition to eight books, Verny is the author or co-author of 47 scientific papers and articles.
Dr. Verny retired from active practice in in 2014. He lives with his wife in Stratford, ON, Canada.