Organizations that are Supportive of Healthy Beginnings
- The Association of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health [APPPAH] www.birthpsychology.com
A North American based organization, which first pioneered research, education and advocacy on the life-long impact of conception, pregnancy, birth and bonding for babies, families and society.
- Attachment Parenting International www.attachmentparenting.org
The goal of Attachment Parenting is to form strong connections between parents and their children by treating children with kindness, respect and dignity. Their long-range vision is to raise children who become adults with a high degree of empathy and an ultimate reduction of violence in society.
- Fathers to Be International www.fatherstobe.org
Its mission is to support expectant and new fathers by reinforcing their relationships with their partners, babies, health professionals and themselves. Father’s involvement greatly improves mother’s pregnancy, birth, and breastfeeding, while making important contributions to his child’s early life.
- International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine www.isppm.de
A European based international organization devoted to the initial phase of human development with research and practice in primary prevention of psychological, emotional and physical disorders.
- La Leche League International www.llli.org
A worldwide organization with local chapters that help mothers successfully breastfeed their babies. It provides mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education as to the importance that breastfeeding has on the healthy development of the baby and mother.
National and Regional
- Parenting Now! www.parentingnow.org
A internationally recognized organization, previously called Birth to Three, that started in Eugene, Oregon. Parenting Now! provides support, advice, parenting classes, parenting groups, and excellent networking for new parents.
- Oregon Network Infant Mental Health [ONIMH] www.onimh.org
Dr. Peterson founded this organization in Lane County, Oregon to facilitate education and networking of local agencies to promote mental and emotional health of infants and young children. It envisions a world where babies are wanted, childbirth and feeding are treated as natural processes, and parents are supported to promote optimal mental health for their babies starting at conception.