International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine (ISPPM)



Meetings / Congresses


Charter on the Rights of the Child Before, During and After Birth

ISPPM Philosophy

ISPPM is devoted to the initial phase of human development - prenatal and perinatal life. ISPPM considers this earliest stage of life as the first ecological position of the human being and the womb as its first ecological environment. Pregnancy is perceived to be a period of active and continuous dialogue between the prenatal child, the mother and her psycho-social environment. From a holistic view, human life is recognised as an indivisible entity and continuum of all human functions, both physical and psychological in which no division between "body" and "mind" can be made. This comprehensive and holistic approach is also reflected in the interdisciplinary character of the ISPPM membership.


The aim of the ISPPM in research and practice is the improvement of the quality of life of the human being. The prenatal stage of life represents a unique opportunity for primary prevention of psychological, emotional and physical disorders in later life. As an international organisation ISPPM also collects and distributes results from research and practice on an international level in cooperation with our other organisations and societies, particularly with its North American partner The Association for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Health (APPPAH) and the Italy partner associazione nazionale per l'educazione prenatale (A.N.E.P. - Italia).

ISPPM History

ISPPM was founded as The International Study Group for Prenatal Psychology (ISPP) through the initiative of Dr. Gustav Hans Graber in Vienna in 1971. From the psychoanalytical models of prenatal psychology (Graber, Caruso, Kruse), theoretical and methodological concepts including developmental psychology (Schindler) and embryology (Blechschmidt) successively evolved. Psychoneuroendocrinology of pregnancy and birth (Fedor-Freybergh) has proved to be the decisive link between psychology and medicine which resulted in the membership of gynaecologists, obstetricians, neonatologists, paediatricians and endocrinologists in ISPP. In connection with establishing the concept of primary prevention, ISPP opened its doors to midwives, birth educators, sociologists, etc. This development brought about in 1986 the refining of the name of the society to ISPPM - International Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine.

Resolutions of the ISPPM

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International Congresses of the ISPPM

The International Journal of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine

The Journal, which is the official journal of the ISPPM (Editor-in-Chief Peter G. Fedor-Freybergh; Associated Editor Ludwig Janus) was founded by Peter G. Fedor-Freybergh in 1989 and appears in English and German four times a year (March, June, September, December) with over 500 pages.

Publications to Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology

Page of ISPPM-members

ISPPM Officers

ISPPM Membership


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