Traumatic Birth: Understanding the Basics

Two-day interactive webinar with experts
Presented by PATTCh


Tuesday, June 26 &

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Learn with experts in the field how to help your clients prevent, recognize, and heal the effects of birth trauma.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Day one starts with three presentations by PATTCh board members and experts in the field, 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Birth Trauma: Causes and Consequences of Birth Related Trauma

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

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)


  1. Compare definitions of “pain,” “suffering,” and “trauma.”
  2. Identify risk factors for PTSD that appear before, during, and after childbirth.
  3. Discuss support strategies to use before and during labor to prevent or relieve post-trauma symptoms.
How Doulas and Childbirth Educators Can Help Mothers Who Have Had a Challenging Birth Experience


At the end of the session, participants will be able to list common features of a traumatic birth experience.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to describe a strategy for helping mothers who have had a traumatic birth

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Day two continues with two more board member presentations, followed by a Q & A period with presenters from both days. 9:00am – 12:00pm.

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.

Courageous Heart: Post-Traumatic Growth After Traumatic Birth

Leslie Butterfield, PhD

Recent research tells us that nearly one third of women describe their birthing experiences as traumatic in nature.  While the causes of this are varied, it is commonly understood that exposure to trauma can be cognitively and emotionally shattering.  Many women suffer significant levels of distress, and their families and care providers may also suffer.  Yet we also know that some people emerge from traumatic situations not only intact, but with a degree of resilience that allows them to experience deeper meaning and satisfaction in life.  How is it that some of us endure debilitating posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), while others appear to grow or change in positive ways – (posttraumatic growth)?

This presentation will briefly examine the “qualities of being” and the development of personal strategies that facilitate posttraumatic growth and – in doing so – offer an increase in hope and a decrease in suffering for women and their families following traumatic birth.

Panel Roundtable Discussion and Q&A

Facilitated by Annie Kennedy


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. 

Click here to apply by Sunday, January 21, 2018.  Your application for a scholarship will be reviewed and awarded by Thursday, January 25, 2018.