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Online Conference-Traumatic Birth: Understanding the Basics
From  Tue, June 26, 2018 at 12:00PM (Eastern)
To  Wed, June 27, 2018 at 3:30PM
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  Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh)
Presents a Two-Day Online Conference


Traumatic Birth: Understanding the Basics


PATTCh invites you to a two-day online conference for birth and mental health professionals that will help you effectively support mothers who have experienced traumatic birth. This seminar will provide the tools you need to identify possible traumatic birth and start women and their partners on the road to healing. The final session is Q&A and discussion, where you can ask questions of conference speakers.


In the U.S., approximately 20% of new mothers develop symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and 9% meet full criteria.

  • What is women’s lived experience of traumatic birth?

  • How do negative birth experiences impact women’s emotional health?

  • Do they impact breastfeeding and their experience of subsequent birth?

  • Can they also affect their partners?

  • How can you best meet the needs of these mothers?


This is your opportunity to learn from experts in the field on how to help your clients prevent, recognize and heal the effects of birth trauma.

  • Discover the significance, context and diagnosis of this least understood outcome for a growing number of childbearing families. 

  • Become skilled at preventing and responding to events that lead to birth trauma. 

  • Examine the impact of birth trauma on parents, caregivers and infants. 

  • Investigate risk factors and treatments and gain awareness of secondary trauma and fostering post-traumatic growth and resilience. 


Day 1: Tuesday, June 26, 2018 (9AM-3:30PM PST)

Birth Trauma: Causes and Consequences of Birth-Related PTSD

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 9:15AM (PST)

Recent studies have found that as many as 1 in 4 women have symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following their births. What types of symptoms do they have and how do these symptoms impact breastfeeding and women’s emotional health?  In this session, you will learn about the new DSM-5 criteria for PTSD and why some types of births are more likely to cause symptoms. You will also learn how these symptoms might impact breastfeeding, and what mothers and practitioners can do to help.



Support Strategies to Prevent Suffering During Labor and Subsequent Development of PTSD

Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA)

Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 10:25 AM (PST)

Anyone who works with childbearing people will benefit from this session to assist in lessening patient anxiety and fear. Learn the distinctions between the felt experience of “pain,” “suffering” and “trauma.” Gain skills to identify risk factors and predictors for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after childbirth and its incidence. Discover practical approaches and support strategies you can apply immediately, to benefit your clients and their partners, before and during labor, or after the birth and techniques to prevent or relieve post-trauma symptoms.


How Doulas and Childbirth Educators Can Help Mothers Who Have Had a Challenging Birth Experience


Tuesday, June 26, 2018, 11:30 AM (PST)

Learn strategies that doulas and childbirth educators can implement to assist mothers and birthing families who have experienced a challenging birth. Discover the common features of a traumatic birth experience. Gain skills in birth story listening, setting the stage, acknowledgment and techniques for integration of the experience. At the end of this session, learners will be able to describe a strategy for helping mothers who have had a challenging birth experience.


Day 2: Wednesday, June 27, 2018 (9AM-3:30PM PST)

Another Time Around: Having Another Baby after Traumatic Birth

Suzanne Swanson, PhD, LP

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 9:15 AM (PST)

Parents who’ve experienced a traumatic birth are often apprehensive about a next pregnancy and birth. This presentation will help parents to look backward and forward – claiming their strengths, identifying core beliefs about birth, refining their communication skills, creating connection and collaboration.



Courageous Heart: Fostering Resilience in the Face of Traumatic Birth

Leslie Butterfield, PhD

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 10:25 AM (PST)

This presentation will briefly describe the elements of traumatic birth for families AND birth providers, accompanied by a discussion of the recent research regarding posttraumatic growth. We will address both preventive and clinical approaches.



Panel Roundtable Discussion and Q&A

Facilitator: Annie Kennedy

Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 11:30 AM (PST)

This roundtable will provide an excellent opportunity to summarize the learnings from the webinar and have your questions answered by our speakers.



 A limited number of reduced price registrations are available to support professionals who come from and work within low income or underserved ethnic, cultural and geographic childbearing communities. Please click on THIS LINK to fill out the scholarship application form by Friday, June 15, 2018 (9am PST/12pm EST). Your application for a scholarship will be reviewed and awarded by Wednesday, June 20, 2018. The maximum scholarship we are able to provide is 50% of the total cost of registration.


Agenda (All Times are Pacific Standard Time)


Tuesday June 26, 2018

9:00 AM:  Welcome

9:15 AM:       
Birth Trauma: Causes & Consequences
Presenter: Kathleen Kendall-Tackett PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

10:15 -10:25 AM:    

10:25 AM:        
Support Strategies to Prevent Suffering in Labor

Presenter: Penny Simkin, PT

11:25-11:30 AM:    

11:30 AM:              
Strategies for Doulas & Childbirth Educators

Presenter: Kathy McGrath MSW, LSW, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA)

12:30 PM:          
Wrap up, Evaluations &  Adjourn for the Day



  Wednesday, June 27, 2018 

9:00 AM:

9:15 AM:       
Another Time Around:  Having a Baby after Traumatic Birth
Presenter: Suzanne Swanson, PhD

10:15-10:25 AM:      

10:25 AM:               
Courageous Heart: Post-Traumatic Growth

Presenter: Leslie Butterfield, PhD

11:25-11:30 AM:    

11:30 AM:        
Panel Roundtable Discussion and Q&A
Facilitator: Annie Kennedy

12:30 AM:        
Wrap up, Evaluations & Adjourn


Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA, is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of the APA’s Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2017 President’s Award for Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division 56. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 420 articles or chapters, and 35 books. 

Penny Simkin, PT, CD(DONA), is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 15,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth, and is a co-founder of DONA International. Today her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and writing, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops.  Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children, eight grandchildren, three grandchildren-in-law, two great-grandbabies, and a pug named Lola.  Find out more about Penny at her website: 

Kathy McGrath, MSW, LSW, LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA) is a perinatal social worker specializing in work with women on issues related to childbearing and early parenting.  She is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator and a Fellow in the American College of Childbirth Educators.  She is a founding member and is on the Board of Directors of PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Trauma in Childbirth). Kathy is a practicing doula and was one of the first 10 DONA-Certified doulas in North America.  She is a doula trainer and formerly a doula mentor (teacher trainer-one of few people designated by the organization to do so). Kathy spends most of her professional time working with new mothers through Kids Plus Pediatrics.  She facilitates 5 separate mothers support groups, and sees as many as 80-100 moms each week.  She also teaches childbirth and parent survival classes, and provides counseling for parents who have experienced a challenging or traumatic birth.

Suzanne Swanson, PhD, is a licensed psychologist who has worked for over 40 years as a psychotherapist specializing in pregnancy, birth, postpartum, loss, and mothering.  She is Founder of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota and was the first  Minnesota Coordinator for Postpartum Support International.  With Susan Lane, CD, LCCE, CLC, she teaches Another Birth/Another Story, classes for couples who have experienced a previous difficult or traumatic birth.  Now a consultant, Suzanne offers presentations on perinatal trauma, secondary trauma, self-compassion for birthworkers, and having another baby after a traumatic birth. Suzanne is the mother of three grown children.  She is the author of a chapbook,  What Other Worlds: Postpartum Poems and the full-length House of Music.

Leslie Butterfield, PhD, is a clinical psychologist specializing in reproductive health. In her Seattle private practice, she works with women and couples dealing with fertility issues, pregnancy loss, the transition to parenthood, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, traumatic birth, and parenting disabled/medically challenged infants.  Additionally, she offers therapeutic and training services to health care providers in the childbirth community. In her capacity as an educator, she has designed and taught the counseling skills curriculum for Seattle Midwifery School and Bastyr Naturopathic University for the past 20 years.  She is past Chairwoman of Perinatal Support – WA, currently a state coordinator for Postpartum Support International, and the President of PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). 

Annie Kennedy is an advocate for humane birth care. She is director of the Simkin Center at Bastyr University, serves on the board of Prevention & Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh), and is a student completing the Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health Systems program at Bastyr University.  


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