Life inside the womb - growth potentials in the pre- and perinatal period

Perinatal programming, vegetative imprinting, primal health

13th National Congress of the HSPPPM, the Hungarian Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine

The event is held on February 12-13, 2016

in Budapest, Hungary, at the Hotel Benczúr, 

ADDRESS: Benczúr utca 35, Budapest 1068, Hungary.


The conference is held in Hungarian, but we will organize English interpretation. 

Participation fee for the two day congress is 55 EUR.

The congress is accredited in Hungary for medical doctors and psychologists by Semmelweis University / OFTEX (code 60398, 12 points), and it is accredited for midwives, health care visitors and medical managers by ENKK, (code SZTK-A-80616/2015, 20 points). 


The topic of the 2016 National Congress is the importance of the effects that affect the development of the fetus inside the womb. Besides the theoretical framework, we will present some good practices about pregnancy care and childbirth.

Any event that affects the fetus has significance for the somatic and mental health of the developing child; events can lower or increase the risk factors, and they can have positive effects on health in the long run. Dr. David Barker's fetal origin hypothesis – that was proved by several studies in the past two decades - says that the experiences in the womb will shape, or even define the development of the fetus. The connection between the mother and the fetus is a dynamic, active, bi-partial relation, and behind this the father, the family, and the society that incorporates the family have a significant presence. What the mother experiences – quality and quantity of food, sleeping and other habits, life experiences, her trust towards the world, her anxiety, mental state – these all affect or might even program the fetus.

Birth is an important event in the child's life that has strong stress factors. Resolving the stress that was caused by the birth is of pivotal significance in the life of the newborn, as this is about his/her “primal health”, quoting Dr. Michel Odent. What affected the fetus and the newborn will be organized as a pattern, carrying on the experiences, affecting the physical and mental health of the person possibly for decades.

Understanding these connections underlines the necessity that all birth experts – obstetricians, neonatologists, midwives, health visitors – further develop their knowledge and acquire new methods for the health of the newborns.

Changes in the everyday obstetric practices and in the pregnancy and newborn care might have  positive effects in Hungary that stretches well beyond the improving mortality and morbidity rates. 


PROGRAM OF THE 13th National Congress, Hungarian Society of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine



9:30am OPENING 

Dr. Péter BÖDECS, President of the HSPPPM opens the 13th National Congress. 

Video message from Sandra BARDSLEY, President of the APPPAH, the Association For Prenatal And Perinatal Psychology And Health

Message from Dr. Ludwig JANUS, former President of the ISPPM, the International Society for Pre- and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine. 

Video message from Olga GOUNI, leader of the Greek perinatal society. 

9:40am In memoriam Professor Jenő Raffai.

Speaker: Dr. Ágnes SOMKÖVI

10:05am Nutrition during pregnancy and its effects on the fetal development. Fetal programming hypothesis in the everyday work of gynecologist-obstetricians

Speaker: dr. Péter BÖDECS, gynecologist and obstetrician, President of the HSPPPM; Szent György Health Center Győr, Karolina Hospital Mosonmagyaróvár, Margit Hospital Csorna

10:30am Empirical study on the connection between how mothers experience their relationship with their partners and with their babies 

Speakers: Éva HADHÁZI PhD, psychologist, Head of the Development Psyhology Department at KGRE; KGRE University, Budapest

Andrea ANDREK, psychologist; ELTE University, Budapest

Zoltán KEKECS PhD, psychologist; ELTE University, Budapest

10:55am Folklore data and case studies on  vegetative imprinting, how ancient knowledge appears in fetus protecting techniques

Speaker: Judit Eszter MOLNÁR, clinical psychologist       




11:50am Epigenetics and nutrition

Speaker: Katalin VARGA PhD, Head of the Affective Psychology Department at ELTE; ELTE University, Budapest

12.15pm 444 days – 114 births without a Caesarean section. 

Speaker: dr. Attila UJVÁRI, gynecologist and obstetrician; Szent István Hospital, Budapest 

12:40pm “Caesarean section again? Yes, but differently.” The Honved Hospital's first experiences about the practical execution of natural Caesarean sections

Speaker: dr. Csaba NÁDOR, neonatolologist; Perinatal Intensive Care of Honvéd Hospital, Budapest

12:55 Obesity of the mother - the importance of the foetal programming in the development of child and adult obesity. Prevention and the possible strategies to avoid the consequences of the negative programming. 

Speaker: dr. Erzsébet VÁRADY, neonatolologist 


13:20-14:30pm LUNCH BREAK 


14:30pm Origins of the relationship. Empirical study on the psycho-social and demographic factors that affect the development and the intensity of the bonding between the mother and the fetus

Speakers: Éva HADHÁZI PhD, psychologist, Head of the Development Psyhology Department at KGRE; KGRE University, Budapest

Andrea ANDREK, psychologist; ELTE University, Budapest

Zoltán KEKECS PhD, psychologist; ELTE University, Budapest

14:55pm Pregnancy care – new ways of attending births. Demands and possibilities

Speakers: Rita NOVÁKY, midwife, perinatal counselor; Szent István Hospital, Budapest

Ágnes RÁKÓCZINÉ KRÄMER, midwife, perinatal counselor; Szent István Hospital, Budapest

15.20pm  New approach in the perinatal care in Hungary: the presentation of the depression screening

Speaker: Emőke HOMPOTH PhD student, SZTE-ÁOK Obstetrics and Gynacolocy Clinic 

15:45pm Stress in the womb – possibilities for dissolving stress during pregnancy. 

Speaker: Katalin OROSZ, clinical psychologist, transpersonal therapist; Perinatus Foundation, Budapest



16:45pm Study of the early mother-child relation disturbance-endangering: risk and protective factors

Speaker: Bernadett EIGNER, PhD psycho-educator 

17:10pm Introduction of the Mother-Fetus Bond Analysis Working Group

Speakers: Éva HADHÁZI PhD, psychologist, Head of the Development Psyhology Department at KGRE; KGRE University, Budapest, Zsófia MÜLLER, psychoanalyst, dr. Ágnes SOMKÖVI, pulmonologist, homeopathic doctor, Anikó BUCSAI-JUHÁSZ, psychologist, Dóra PONGRÁCZ, psychologist 

18:10pm end of lectures


18:30pm Annual Meeting of the HSPPPM

19:30pm-21:00pm RECEPTION with the speakers and the audience



09.00am  Birth here and now, everywhere and always: in the body, in the relationship, in therapy

Speaker: dr. Júlia FRIGYES, psychiatrist 

09:25am Analysis of the currently applied practices of perinatal and intrauterine death and their effects on health care professionals

Speaker: Éva ZSÁK, PhD student, Semmelweis University 

09.50am  The pattern of birth in the normative changes, in development and in behaviour. A case study.

Speaker: Ibolya JUHÁSZ, perinatal counsellor 

10.15am  Expecting a baby - teaching expectant mothers about healthy nutrition 

Speaker: Andrea ZENTAI, nutritionist

10.40am  Through open gates, emotions in the birth canal - Is episiotomy needed, or can the perineum open by itself? 

Speaker: Andrea KRISTON, educator 




11:30am WORKSHOPS, parallel sessions. 



A film by Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford. A documentary on the latest research on the origins of the microbiome; how microscopic events during childbirth have lifelong consequences for the health of our children. Winner of Grand Prix Award at 2014 Life Sciences Film Festival.

Moderator: Julianna NOVÁK, doula, perinatal counsellor. 

2, WORKSHOP What counts as normal in breastfeeding? Workshop for professionals who work with mothers and newborns. 

Leaders of the workshop: Renáta W. UNGVÁRY and dr. Anikó MALIK. PAF Foundation - Forming Positive Attitude for a more humanistic healthcare

3, WORKSHOP Preparing the perineum for birth

Leader of the workshop: Andrea KRISTON, educator 

4, WORKSHOP Mother-foetus bonding analysis group

Leaders of the workshop: Ágota DÖBÖR, Dóra PONGRÁCZ psychologists; Nóra OLASZ-PAPP psychologist counsellor; Eszter MAGYAR and Zsuzsanna LACZKA, clinical psychologists

5, WORKSHOP Nutrition of the pregnant women who belong to the endocrinologically high risk group and the effects on breastfeeding

Speaker: Krisztina GITIDISZNÉ GYETVÁN, health visitor, perinatal counselor, lactation counselor, secretary of the MAVE Association of the Hungarian Health Visitors.


14:00pm END