Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 28th 9 am- 5 pm

Psychological First Aid (PFA) is an evidence-informed modular approach to help in the immediate aftermath of a traumatic incident. Individuals affected by a traumatic incident, whether survivors, witnesses, or responders to such events, may struggle with or face new challenges following the event. PFA is designed to reduce the initial distress caused by traumatic events and to foster short- and long-term adaptive functioning and coping. This training will be useful for anyone who works with trauma and will be contextualized to working with childbearing families.

1). Enhance effectiveness of proactive coping among parents at risk of exposure to potentially traumatic stress related to the birth process.
2). Improve effectiveness of social support to ease the impact of potentially traumatic stress.
3). Prepare parents to cope effectively with the ongoing strains related to the birth process.

1). Learners will apply the principles of compassionate psychological first aid to conceptualizing how the impact of potentially traumatic stress can best be reduced.
2). Learners will practice the techniques of compassionate psychological first aid when encountering substantially elevated stress and anxiety in themselves or others.
3). Learners will practice the techniques of compassionate psychological first aid as a self-care method for long-term coping and recovery.
4). Learners will practice providing attachment focused compassionate support with infants exposed to potentially traumatic stress.
5). Learners will practice providing attachment focused compassionate support with parenting partners exposed to potentially traumatic stress.

Friday, March 29th, 2019

Timoria McQueen Saba
Overcoming Mental and Physical Trauma after Childbirth a Patient’s Perspective. Timoria will discuss the mental and physical effects of birth and pregnancy complications, maternal mortality as well as disparities and inequities in maternal healthcare.
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.

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Saturday, March 30th, 2019

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.

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Matt Norvell
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.

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Friday, March 29th, 2019

Breakout Sessions 1:

EMDR Therapy for PTSD Related to Childbirth Trauma
Bethany Warren, LCSW, MSW
Description: This presentation will discuss Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) related to Childbirth and Reproductive Trauma and review Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR therapy) as an effective treatment for this client population.
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Impact of Community-Based Women’s Retreat after Perinatal Loss
Kiley Hanish, ODT
Founder and Executive Director, Return to Zero: H.O.P.E.
Description: At community-based retreats for women who have experienced pregnancy or infant loss, assessments administered pre- and post-retreat showed improvements for depression, trauma, self-compassion, and perceived social support.
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Preparing Patients and Partners for Subsequent Birth after a previous Traumatic Birth Experience
Heidi Koss, MA, LMHC
Description: We will address how to assemble a supportive birth team, create birth plans, facilitate repair and atonement.
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Breakout Sessions 2:

Integrating traumatic childbirth using Lifespan Integration and Mindfulness Strategies
Michelle Anderson, M.A. LMHC
Description: Healing from a traumatic birth is tender work. The gentle and therapeutic application of Lifespan Integration Therapy coupled with body-focused mindfulness strategies helps the client develop acceptance, repair, and healing
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Post-traumatic stress disorder following early and late pregnancy loss: Risk factors, early identification, and early intervention
Deborah Rich, Ph.D.
Founder/Director, Shoshana Center for Reproductive Health Psychology
National Faculty, Bereavement Services, Resolve Through Sharing
Description: Skilled clinicians anticipate, diagnose and treat PTSD following pregnancy loss. This presentation translates current research to best practice, increasing awareness for providers and advocates to improve effective service delivery.
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Panel discussion on innovative programs

    • Best Start for Kids
      Sheila Capestany, MPH, MSW
      Strategic Advisor for Children and Youth for King County
      Description: Learn about King County, WA’s Best Starts for Kids, the nation’s most comprehensive investment in prevention, promotion and early intervention for children, youth, families and their communities.
    • PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support)
      Kintea Bryant, M.Ed, 
      Program Director, Program for Early Parent Support
      Jessica Lawmaster, MSW
      Executive Director, Program for Early Parent Support
      Description: This session will explore the benefits of social connection for new parents and increasing family wellness and infant mental health and development through facilitated, peer support groups. Download PEPS powerpoint
    • First Steps Maternity Support Services
      Heather Weiher, B.A.
      First Steps Program Manager, Health Care Authority
      Description: Learn the impacts First Steps MSS program is having on substance using clients along with other programs available for pregnant and postpartum clients and families.  Download MSS Handout and  Download MSS powerpoint

Breakout Sessions 3:

Prenatal and Perinatal Trauma Can Affect the Attachment/Bond
Phyllis Klaus, LMFT, LMSW
Description: Unrecognized traumatic events can have a negative impact on the attachment/bonding relationship of the baby to the parents and vice versa; the parents to the baby.

African American Maternal Mental Health and Maternal Mortality: Why Cultural Humility is Important
Shivonne Odom, LCPC
Owner and Psychotherapist, Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC
Behavioral Health Specialist, Community of Hope
Description: This session will discuss the impact of mental health on maternal mortality in the African American community. This session will also discuss cultural implications and themes in psychotherapy for minority maternal mental health.
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Creating Positive Birth Experiences: Building a Birth Planning Program for Women with a History of Trauma
Christine Conrad, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Nursing Professional Development Educator, Women’s and Children’s Team, Mission Hospital
Katie Conklin, BSN, RN-CPPS
Clinical Nurse, Labor & Delivery Mission Hospital
Description: This workshop addresses the impact of trauma on pregnant women, their families, and the community. We will provide strategies for developing, implementing and evaluating a birth trauma prevention program.
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Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Breakout Sessions 4:

Self Compassion: A Road to Resilience Following Traumatic Birth
Leslie Butterfield, Ph.D
Clinical and Consulting Psychologist
Description: This presentation will describe the practice of self compassion as a method to reduce suffering, cultivate positive self care, and to create hope when negative emotions threaten to overwhelm recovery.
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Partner-Assisted Interpersonal Psychotherapy Targeting Pregnancy-Related Trauma
Anna Brandon, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Founder and Director of My Red Tent
Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Iowa School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry
Description: Dr. Brandon summarizes research surrounding the care of women who
experienced perinatal trauma and pregnancy interruption. Through case description, the inclusion of partners in Interpersonal Psychotherapy will also be described.
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Trauma and Substance Abuse in the Perinatal Period –Presentation and Treatment Recommendations
Amritha Bhat, MBBS, MD, MPH
Acting Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Washington
Deborah Cowley, MD
Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
Miki Cabell
Clinical Supervisor, Grays Harbor & Pacific Counties Parent Child Assistance Program
Mary Curran, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Worker, Therapist, & Supervisor, University of Washington
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and the MOMCare Program
Description: Pregnant and postpartum women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and substance abuse benefit from specialized, integrated treatment services. We present a case based discussion of treatment options for these women.
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 Breakout Sessions 5:

Mapping the Legacy of Colonial Violence Against Women of Color within the Landscape of Medicalized Birth
Patanjali de la Rocha, CD (DONA)
Full Spectrum Doula, Educator, & Reproductive Health Support,
Assistant Doula Trainer, Big Belly Services
Parent Educator, Families of Color Seattle
Description: An invitation to explore the ways that systemic and cultural norms, rooted in a settler-colonial framework contribute to inequality and violence in the hospital birth setting, and how we can create new paradigms for care that center decolonial perspectives
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Introducing Another Birth/Another Story©: a Class for Pregnant Couples after Previous Perinatal Trauma
Suzanne Swanson, Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
Educator, Another Birth/Another Story
Susan Lane, MA Human Development, Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Certified
Perinatal Educator and Doula
Founder/Coordinator/Lobbyist Minnesota Better Birth Coalition
Description: This session introduces Another Birth/Another Story©, a psychoeducational curriculum designed to help parents acknowledge their earlier experience of perinatal trauma, release and work with anxiety, and build or reclaim confidence as
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The Emotional Trauma of Severe Perineal Tears
Laura Fry, Master of Science in Sport Management
Founder & Administrator, 4th Degree Tear Support Group
Katherine McGee, Doctor of Physical Therapy
Physical Therapist, Outpatient Rehabilitation, EvergreenHealth
Description: Understand the physical and emotional trauma involved in 4th degree tears that most patients are not comfortable talking about. Physical therapy considerations: prevention and treatment.
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Breakout Sessions 6:

From Surviving to Thriving: Healing the Embodied Brain in the NICU Families
Fawn McCool, LCSW
Mental Health Clinician
Description: Fawn McCool, LCSW will explore the relevance Interpersonal Neurobiology has on perinatal social work; including the social brain and nervous system’s adaptation to stress and trauma, and the neuroplasticity that occurs through relationships, storytelling.
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The Trauma of Perinatal Loss and the Pregnancy that Follows,
Joanne O’Leary, Ph.D., MPH, MS, IMH-E® (IV)
Prenatal Parent-Infant Specialist, Star Legacy Foundation & Marian University
Meghan Kroll, LICSW, MSW
Description: The trauma of perinatal loss follows into the next pregnancy, impacting mothers, fathers/partners, siblings and unborn baby. The presentation will be helping alleviate trauma to support healthy attachment during pregnancy.
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A Space To Heal – A Curriculum-Based Birth Trauma Group
Lorrissa Eichenberger, LMFT
Clinician, The Center for Postpartum Family Health (CPFH)
Description: This session is designed to provide a framework to provide a safe and healing
group space for mothers and support partners to focus on their emotional process without getting stuck in the traumatic content.
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