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Improve Birth and Perinatal Outcomes with a Trauma Sensitive Approach


The Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health is excited to bring together 10 talented practitioners to explore the Trauma Informed Practices that help improve birth outcomes and support human development right from the very start.

The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (1998) launched the importance of trauma and trauma informed care in our health and educational systems. We suddenly had a measure of how early experiences in childhood could correlate with adult disease. Further studies have explored specific programs to help improve the conditions leading to adverse experiences, especially in education and community based programs. To date, there has not been an effort to improve birth outcomes on a wide scale using a trauma informed approach. Several key authors (Seng & Taylor, Sperlich, Weinstein, Simkin, Kendall-Tackett) have discussed the impact of trauma and the importance of trauma informed care in the prenatal and perinatal period. 

APPPAH’s mission is to educate professionals and the public worldwide about how the baby’s experience of conception, pregnancy, and birth can have lifelong implications for individuals, families and societies. The Perinatal Trauma Informed Practice Panel is an online educational program of experts in trauma and trauma informed care related to supporting families during the childbearing year. Our panel consists of experts who are fluent in trauma informed care and resilience, and we are bringing them together with experts in trauma and prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. This project will educate about the pervasiveness of trauma and its impact on birth from many perspectives. It will also support the greater trauma informed and resilience community.

Join us for these important talks in March:

  • Transforming Trauma in Prenatal and Perinatal Care with Jennie Birkholz
  • The Art of Trauma Sensitive Intake and the Midwifery Model of Care with Maryl Smith, CPM
  • Gender and Conception, Pregnancy Birth and Postpartum with Elsa Asher
  • The Impact of Transgenerational influences and Race on Perinatal Outcomes for Black Women living in the United States with Heather Clarke, CNM

  • The Impacts of Past Trauma on Experience and Outcomes During the Preconception,Prenatal and Early Parenting Periods: The Critical Importance of Trauma Informed Care with Ann Diamond Weinstein, PhD

  • Perinatal Trauma Informed Practices for Women who have Experienced Trauma: How Listening to Women Can Help Us Create Effective Interventions for Those in Need with Mickey Sperlich, PhD
  • Seen, Heard, and Felt: Supporting Mother-Baby and Partner Before, During, and After Birth with Rebecca Thompson Hitt, MS, MFT

  • Trauma Informed Care from the Baby's Perspective: A New Model of Care to Help Families Thrive with Kate White, MA.

  • Let's Stop Re-traumatizing the Traumatized! Providing Perinatal Safety The JJ WayⓇ

  • From Trauma to Resilience: Navigating Cultural Change with Nkem Ndefo

See more at To register for all the links to receive to watch FREE live click here. You can purchase the presentations, handouts and eventually the transcriptions (available in April) for only $97 here.


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