Exploring Effective Ways to Share Birth Psychology with Medical Professionals

You are invited to join our live, virtual forum where we will share with each other what we have found to be effective ways to introduce prenatal and perinatal psychology concepts to our medical colleagues in hospital and clinic settings.

As we well know, knowledge about prenatal and perinatal psychology, particularly about the conscious, sentient nature of babies before and after birth, is not yet widely known. Although this awareness has changed our lives personally and professionally, we may often find it challenging to know how to share this information with colleagues in medical professions.

On Saturday, September 24, 12:00- 2:00 pm EDT, we will bring together a panel of medical professionals who are also Birth Psychology experts to share what they have found to be effective ways to share prenatal and perinatal psychology principles and practices. 

Together, we can become more effective in our efforts to change how babies are welcomed into the world.

We need your voice, your expertise,

and your passion ~ Please join us!

(recording available after live session)

Meet Our Forum Speakers

Raylene Phillips, MD, MA, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

Dr. Phillips is a neonatologist with a passion for the wellbeing of babies. After raising three children as a stay-at-home mother, she received a master’s degree in Developmental Psychology, became NIDCAP certified as an Infant Developmental Specialist, and then attended medical school at University of California, Davis, graduating in 2004. Dr. Phillips completed her pediatric residency and neonatology fellowship at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital in Loma Linda, CA. She is currently the Pediatric Department Chair and Medical Director of Neonatal Services at Loma Linda University Medical Center-Murrieta. She is an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and is a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.  Dr. Phillips is a past president of the National Perinatal Association (NPA) and is the current president of APPPAH. Her primary area of interest is supporting early emotional connections between babies and their parents. Raylene Phillips lives in Redlands, California.

Allan Chamberlain, MD

Dr. Chamberlain is an Obstetrics & Gynecology Specialist in West Virginia with over 39 years of experience in the medical field of birth, and has delivered over 7000 babies. Dr. Chamberlain has traveled extensively to teach obstetricians and midwives how to handle obstetric emergencies in collaboration with the West Virginia Perinatal Partnership. His wife, Shauna Lively, is a full-time nurse educator and member of the Executive Committee of the board of Lamaze International. His father, David Chamberlain, PhD, was a member of APPPAH’s first Board of Directors, was APPPAH’s second president, and was author of many books on Birth Psychology including “Babies Remember Birth” and “Windows to the Womb.”  Dr. Chamberlain has continued his father’s legacy of raising awareness of the importance of pre and perinatal psychology.


Heather Clarke, DNP, CNM, LM, APRN, FACNM

 Dr. Clarke received her master’s degree as a nurse-midwife from Columbia University and her doctoral degree from Frontier Nursing University. She currently serves as an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. For close to 42 years, Dr. Clarke provided care for primarily low -income women in a variety of birth settings. Her doctoral work focused upon creating models of care and education to mitigate racially related maternal child health disparities. As the current President of the of ACNM she hopes to increase awareness about the sentient and advanced consciousness of babies. She addresses the urgent need for society to create healthy, loving, and supportive environments for these enlightened children to thrive and reach their highest potential.

Joel M. Evans, MD 

Dr. Evans is a board-certified OB/GYN and international lecturer, is the Director of The Center for Functional Medicine in Stamford, CT and the Chief of Medical Affairs for the Institute for Functional Medicine.  Dr. Evans is the Medical Director and an Advisory Board member for APPPAH.  He has spoken at the United Nations on the topic of Prenatal Origins of Violence and serves as UN Representative and Chief Medical Advisor for OMAEP – World Organization of Prenatal Education Associations. His book, “The Whole Pregnancy Handbook,” describes a holistic approach to pregnancy and has received widespread critical acclaim.


Barbara Hotelling, MSN, FACCE, AdvCD (DONA), CHT

Barbara Hotelling is a Clinical Nurse Educator in Maternal Child Health in the Accelerated BSN program at Duke University School of Nursing in Durham, NC. She also teaches in the Center for Nursing Discovery’s simulations lab, is an Advisor for the Women’s Health Organization, teaches in the Community Health course and trains birth doulas.  Barbara has an MSN in Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, is certification as a Certified HUG Trainer (H.U.G. Your Baby) and is an IBCLC, certified Lactation Consultant. She is also a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, DONA Certified Birth Doula, and has been a volunteer in teen parenting programs in Pontiac, Michigan.  She has served as President of DONA (1995-1997), Chair of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (2000-2002), and President of Lamaze International (2002-2004). Barbara is currently the Secretary of the Board for APPPAH.

Veronique Mead MD, MA 

Veronique Mead is a former assistant professor who taught family medicine and obstetrics. She retrained as a somatic therapist and has learned that adversity is a risk factor for chronic illness, including her own. Her perspectives come from integrating: research from different disciplines and diseases she wishes she’d learned in medical training; such as from training in somatically based trauma and pre and perinatal therapies; psychotherapeutic work with clients living with chronic illness; dialogue with the chronic illness community through her blog; and testing, experimenting with and refining her lens through her personal journey of healing from disabling chronic illness.


How can I access this class?

This is an online workshop which requires access to Zoom in order to participate. Once you are registered, an email will be sent prior to each session with a Zoom link for access.

Will recordings be available after the live sessions?
Yes, recordings will be available to session registrants only within the course.
What time zone will the course be using?
All live session times are for United States Eastern time zone.
Are refunds available?
Live Virtual Workshop Refund Policy: Refunds are available 30 days prior to the start of the live virtual workshop, minus a $25 administrative fee.  There will be no refunds available after the start date of the workshop. Recordings will be available for viewing after each session.