Thomas Verny, MD

Thomas R. Verny is a psychiatrist, writer and academic. His seminal book, The Secret Life of the Unborn Child became an international bestseller published now in 27 countries and has changed the pregnancy and childbirth experience for millions of mothers and fathers.     In 1983 Thomas Verny founded the Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology Association of North America (PPPANA, renamed APPPAH in 1995), and served as its president for eight years. In 1986 he launched the Association’s Journal (JOPPPAH), which he edited from its inception until 1990. He served again as Editor-In-Chief from 2013 to 2016. 

  • The Secret Life of the Unborn Child, (with John Kelly). Summit Books, USA and Collins, Canada, 1981. (Published in 27 countries)
  • Pre-And Peri-Natal Psychology: An Introduction (Ed.) Human Sciences Press, New York, USA, 1987
  • Parenting Your Unborn Child. Doubleday, Toronto, Canada, 1988. (Also published in Japan)
  • Nurturing The Unborn Child (with Pamela Weintraub). Delacorte Press, United States and Canada, 1991, (Also published in Italy, Brazil, Japan and Spain)
  • Gifts Of Our Fathers. Crossing Press, Freedom, CA, 1994. Fitzhenry & Whiteside, Toronto, 1994
  • Tomorrow’s Baby: The Art and Science of Parenting from Conception through Infancy, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2002. (Also published in Spain, Germany, Italy, Brazil and Japan)
  • Pre-Parenting: Nurturing your Child from Conception, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2003. (This is the paperback edition of Tomorrow’s Baby).
  • The Impact of Prenatal Factors on Prenatal Development (2018) in Prenatal Psychology: 100 Years by Ludwig Janus, Thomas R. Verny, Arthur Janov (Author), Michel Odent, Jon RG Turner (Author), Troya GN Turner, Grigori Brekhman, Dejan Rakovic, Mirjana Sovilji, Olga Gouni, Ioanna Mari, Laura Uplinger, Glenna Batson, Maria Athanasekou, Elizabetha Levin, Ronald Cole

In 2004, Mothering Magazine, in recognition of Verny’s contributions to the field of parenting and child rearing, named him one of their “living treasures.” In 2005 the Santa Barbara Graduate Institute bestowed on Verny a Doctorate of Humane Letters (DHL).     Dr. Verny lives with his wife in Stratford, ON, Canada, his hobbies are chess, photography, and traveling. You can find more information on Verny at