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Ann Diamond Weinstein PhD

Ann Diamond Weinstein PhD


Preconception, Prenatal & Early Parenting Specialist

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Ann Diamond Weinstein is a Preconception, Prenatal and Early Parenting Specialist. She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology. The focus of her work is the relationship between prenatal and early postnatal development and experience, and an individual’s health, behavior and relationships over their life span. Dr. Weinstein’s recent book, Prenatal Development and Parents’ Lived Experiences: How Early Events Shape Our Psychophysiology and Relationships (2016), Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology, presents knowledge, research and theory from multiple disciplines that provide the foundation for the exploration of how experiences during the earliest developmental period—from conception to birth—impact an individual physically, cognitively, emotionally and socially over the course of their life. She provides education and consultation to mental health and health professionals, educators, individuals and families. Dr. Weinstein offers trauma-informed educational seminars and videoconference study groups on the impacts of maternal prenatal and postnatal psychophysiological states on the developing baby, including those associated with stress, post-traumatic stress, anxiety and depression. Her focus on the effects of maternal prenatal stress and traumatic stress on pregnancy, birth, the early postpartum period and the origins of the maternal-child relationship illuminates the critical importance of addressing the unique needs of each mother-to-be during their transition to parenting. Dr. Weinstein’s work explores the value of nurturing prenatal and perinatal internal and external environments that evoke a felt-sense of safety in mothers-to-be, including consideration of the multiple aspects of safety—physical, psychological, social and moral—that shape maternal-prenate experience and physiology, and maternal-child outcomes. Dr. Weinstein is committed to working with practitioners on the integration of trauma sensitive approaches to care and education in the preconception, prenatal and early postnatal periods. In her work with practitioners, she emphasizes the importance of the recognition of the varied ways that trauma experienced over the life span of mothers-to-be and new mothers, may be imprinted and manifested in their physiology and embodied behavior and impact their developing babies and attachment relationships.

Dr. Weinstein was a keynote presenter at the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health’s 20th International Congress in 2017 and received APPPAH’s 2017 Research Contribution Award.

 Dr. Weinstein’s blog, From the Beginning: The Prenatal Origins of the Parent-Child Relationship can be viewed at Learn more about Dr. Weinstein’s work at

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