Trauma and Birth: Multidisciplinary Approaches To Prevention and Healing.

March 28-30, 2019
Seattle Marriott Waterfront

Hosted by:
Perinatal Support Washington and
Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh)

We cordially invite you to this inaugural biennial Trauma and Birth Conference hosted by Perinatal Support Washington and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth ). This professional event will bring together over 300 providers from diverse disciplines in the field of perinatal health. The focus of this event is to examine the implications of trauma prior to childbirth, during childbirth, and the subsequent postpartum mental health of new parents including postpartum depression, anxiety, and PTSD. We will focus on systems of care and personal risk factors that increase traumatic birth outcomes, as well as on prevention and treatment approaches to mitigate the impact of trauma for parents and prevent transmission of trauma to infants and young children.

We welcome a wide range of providers to attend this conference including psychotherapists, doulas, midwives, labor and delivery nurses, OB-GYNs, psychiatrists, ARNPS, childbirth educators, lactation specialists, and peer support personnel.

Keynote Speakers

 Timoria McQueen Saba

Timoria McQueen Saba

Working title: Overcoming Mental and Physical Trauma after Childbirth: A candid discussion about the mental and physical effects of a traumatic childbirth, maternal mortality and disparities in outcomes in America.

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

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.

  Matt Norvel

Matt Norvel

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.