Amarillo, TX
Praeclarus Press
Families in Crisis presented by PATTCh.
From  Thu, November 15, 2018 at 12:00PM (Eastern)
To  Fri, November 16, 2018 at 3:00PM
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       ***Due to a current lack of interest, the webinar event is being postponed. A new date will be provided on the 14th of Feberuary. Refunds will be granted to anyone who requests one.                 

Families in Crisis: Resolving Birth Trauma in at-risk Populations 
      An online conference for Birth and Behavioral Health Professionals  

presented by PATTCh
 (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth)

November 15th and 16th, 2018 
Both days start at 12 PM EST

*The event will be recorded and sent to everyone that purchases a ticket

CEU approved social workers, LMFTs and LMHPs, CERPs applied for

November 15th, 2018, 12 PM EST

How Sensory Nerves Contribute to Women’s Positive or Negative Experiences of Birth: Oxytocin vs. Stress Response

Kerstin Uvnas Moberg, MD, PhD

Birth contains both physical and emotional aspects, and the quality of mothers’ birth experiences are directly related to this mind-body interaction. Mothers’ responses are governed by two competing responses: oxytocin and stress. If oxytocin is up, stress is down, and mothers are more likely to have a positive experience. The converse is true. When stress is the predominant state, mothers’ experience of birth is more painful and potentially traumatic. Birth interventions, such as Pitocin, can cause abnormal birth pain, upregulating mothers’ stress response. This can also happen when mothers do not feel safe in their birthing environment. In this presentation, participants will learn about the physiology that underlies birth, particularly the role of the sensory nerves, and how birth interventions, such as epidurals, Pitocin, or opioids, can influence this physiology. Dr. Uvnas Moberg will also describe how simple interventions, such as touch or skin-to-skin contact, can decrease mothers’ experiences of pain by affecting the sensory nerves and the upregulation of the oxytocin response.
  1. Describe how too much activity in the sensory nerves in the uterus can increase stress/HPA activity
  2. Understand the physiological mechanisms by which touch and skin-to-skin contact can modify pain responses.
  3. Discuss the role of the two competing systems—oxytocin and stress--and how to modify these responses during labor for more positive outcomes.

Navigating Childbirth and the Perinatal Period through the Lens of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Sharon Storton, MA, MS, Reg. Psych

The childbearing and childrearing periods of life can be challenging enough, without the layering of perceptual and processing differences adding unique considerations to the mix.  Family systems are certainly impacted when an adult member is managing the physical, mental and/or social differences presented when one or both partners are non-neurotypical.  Even normal perinatal and birthing sensations and medical care can present trauma-inducing circumstances to women and partners balancing spectrum-related barriers.  In this webinar, you will learn to consider diagnosed and undiagnosed autism spectrum experiences, and how to use this information to create a plan for birthing families that will allow enough latitude for comfort and safety within the sometimes-rigid processing dilemmas of Asperger’s and other autism spectrum-based differences.  We will also discuss options to be contemplated when meeting the needs of women who are wrestling with trauma-based symptoms after childbirth that are influenced, entirely or in part, by processing-based differences.
  1. Describe three ways in which autism spectrum-based differences impact the birthing woman’s physical/emotional experience
  2. List two strategies for aiding a non-neurotypical woman in processing her birth experience.
Birth Trauma, Childhood and Adult Adversities: Does Prior Trauma Increase Risk?

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Are women more vulnerable to birth trauma if they have experienced prior abuse or adversity? Previous research suggests that trauma survivors are more vulnerable to PTSD, depression, and anxiety when they are exposed to subsequent stressor. Yet current research suggests a more complex picture regarding birth. Some studies have shown that trauma survivors are more vulnerable to birth trauma, while others have not. This presentation explores current findings on child and adult adversities, and whether these experiences increase risk for birth trauma. Also presented are new findings from the Survey of Mothers’ Sleep and Fatigue, which includes data from 6410 new mothers.
  1. Describe the link between birth trauma, adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and adult adversities;
  2. Identify the links between abuse/adversity and birth trauma
  3. Identify the impact of birth intervention on maternal mental health and breastfeeding
  4. Describe the impact of ACEs and partner violence on breastfeeding
  5. Describe the physical mechanisms activated by trauma and how Trauma-Informed Care can address those symptoms
November 16th, 2018, 12PM EST

Another Time Around: Having Another Baby after Traumatic Birth

Suzanne Swanson, PhD

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.

(1)Identify three possible activators of perinatal trauma
(2)Identify three possible symptoms of perinatal trauma
(3)Describe two strategies for soothing the activated brain/body after trauma
(4)Name three types of communication that can be addressed and learned as a pregnant couple prepares for another birth after a previous traumatic birth
Silent Suffering: Partners’ Experiences of Traumatic Birth

Leslie Butterfield, PhD

Over the past several decades, partners have moved from the waiting room to into the birthing/delivery room. They are expected to offer ongoing physical and emotional support, coaching, and advocacy to the birthing woman.  Many partners feel incompetent and unprepared for the intensity of labor and delivery, even more so if complications arise.  Some feel overwhelmed with the need to protect and defend the birthing woman – regardless of their own cognitive or emotional state. This presentation will focus on the common experiences of partners who are present at traumatic birth, delineating the themes they describe as important, and describing the ways in which they may require attention and aid both during a difficult birth and after the baby is born.

(1)List four common experiences shared by fathers who witness a traumatic birth
(2)Identify two characteristics of “witnessing” vs. “experiencing” traumatic birth
(3)Describe two therapeutic approaches to help fathers following traumatic birth

Q&A session
Moderated by Annie Kennedy 

Early bird registration by November 1st, 2018  both days ($99.00)  
 Regular registration open through February 14th, 2018 both days ($125.00)

Discounts:   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 submit one paragraph noting your name, email address, your role in serving childbearing families, and the community you come form and serve.
Apply here ( by Sunday, January 21st, 2018.  Your application for a discount will be reviewed and awarded by Thursday, January 25, 2018.

Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, MD, PhD, is a physician and professor of physiology with a research focus on the healing aspects of oxytocin. Her vision is to help creating healthier and happier women by expanding the knowledge about female physiology and by creating medical interventions based on oxytocin. The wish to understand the biology of women emerged when she had children herself. At that time, she left a promising research career within the field of gastrointestinal physiology in order to study the positive and health promoting effects of oxytocin.

Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg found among other things that oxytocin reduces pain and anxiety, decreases blood pressure and reduces the levels of stress hormones in both sexes. She also found that the speed, by which wounds and other types of physical damage heal, increases and that atrophic (thin) mucosal membranes become rejuvenated. The latter research findings form the basis for patents and clinical studies with the aim to create a pharmaceutical drug for relief of menopausal symptoms.

Sharon Storton, MA, MS, Reg. Psych, is a Canadian psychotherapist and optimal childbirth advocate. She has focused her professional career on assisting women and families in a variety of capacities:  as an IBCLC breastfeeding consultant, a DONA- and ALACE-trained childbirth educator and doula, a mother-to-mother program facilitator and, currently, as mental health professional.  Sharon has applied her skills to leadership roles in not-for-profit organizations and on boards of directors, and as a writer and speaker on matters relating to women’s wellness throughout the lifespan. Sharon is one if the founders of the Internet-based peer support forum, Solace for Mothers, organized to offer understanding and resources to women who have experienced childbirth as challenging or traumatic.  She remains active with this organization in an advisory capacity. 

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. Her recent books include: Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2017, Routledge UK), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2017, Routledge US, with Lesia Ruglass), Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015, Springer, with Lesia Ruglass) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014, Praeclarus, with Wendy Middlemiss).

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. 

She has traveled both nationally and internationally in her capacity as a trainer/consultant, offering services to a variety of medical and mental health organizations, including: University of Washington Infant Palliative Care Unit, Midwifery Association of Washington State, Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, KK Women and Children’s Hospital of Singapore, Perinatal Psychiatry Seminars in both Turkey and France, Pacific Association of Labor Support, and others.

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). 

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.

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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