Trauma and Birth: Multidisciplinary Approaches To Prevention and Healing.
March 28-30, 2019
Seattle Marriott Waterfront
Perinatal Support Washington and
Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh)
We cordially invite you to this inaugural biennial Trauma and Birth Conference hosted by Perinatal Support Washington and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth ). This professional event will bring together over 300 providers from diverse disciplines in the field of perinatal health. The focus of this event is to examine the implications of trauma prior to childbirth, during childbirth, and the subsequent postpartum mental health of new parents including postpartum depression, anxiety, and PTSD. We will focus on systems of care and personal risk factors that increase traumatic birth outcomes, as well as on prevention and treatment approaches to mitigate the impact of trauma for parents and prevent transmission of trauma to infants and young children.
We welcome a wide range of providers to attend this conference including psychotherapists, doulas, midwives, labor and delivery nurses, OB-GYNs, psychiatrists, ARNPS, childbirth educators, lactation specialists, and peer support personnel.
PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOP: PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID Presenter: Gil Reyes, PhD
Preconference workshop Thursday, March 28th 9am-5pm.
Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic experience. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. PFA is designed for delivery in diverse settings such as clinics and hospitals, and by individual healthcare providers, doulas, midwives, therapists, and more.
Timoria McQueen Saba
Working title: Overcoming Mental and Physical Trauma after Childbirth: A candid discussion about the mental and physical effects of a traumatic childbirth, maternal mortality and disparities in outcomes in America.
Timoria is a maternal health advocate, writer and speaker specializing in mental and physical trauma due to childbirth and pregnancy. After surviving a near fatal postpartum hemorrhage in 2010, Timoria was diagnosed with PTSD and struggled to return to “normal” life. After realizing how few resources there were for others who suffered a birth trauma, she left her former career as a celebrity make-up artist to advocate for those affected by birth trauma.
Christine Morton, PhD
Working title: Addressing the needs of families who have experienced birth trauma, creating policies for improving patient outcomes.
Christine is a Medical Sociologist at Stanford University, Manager of the California Pregnancy Associated Maternal Review.
Sayida Peprah, PsyD
Presentation title: Understanding the Maternal Health Impacts of Transgenerational, Complex & Sexual Trauma on Pregnant, Birthing and Postpartum African American Mothers
Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and trained birth doula. She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention, and maternal mental health.
Presentation title: RISE: Resilience In Stressful Events. Providing support for clinicians who encounter traumatic patient related events.
Matt Norvell serves as a pediatric chaplain and has helped develop the RISE program at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. In addition to providing spiritual support to patients and families, he considers supporting and counseling staff as a vital responsibility. He is committed to improving patient safety by helping staff members deal with the stressors they face daily.