Speakers Bureau

Are you planning a conference and want a topic on trauma? PATTCh board members are experienced, high quality speakers with a variety of topics ready to go to educate your attendees. Our speakers have topics related to primary and secondary trauma, breastfeeding and trauma, posttraumatic growth, life after the NICU, health disparities and trauma, and much more. Click each person’s name to learn more about them and their topics.

Leslie Butterfield


Dr. Butterfield is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialty in perinatal mental health and reproductive medicine. For over 20 years she has provided clinical services to clients facing postpartum adjustment and mood disorders, traumatic childbirth experiences, perinatal loss, NICU stays and medically fragile children, and fertility challenges.

In addition to running a private practice, Dr. Butterfield conducts trainings and workshops to a variety of organizations that provide perinatal services. She travels both nationally and internationally (France, Turkey, Singapore) to work with hospitals (University of Washington, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, etc.) and other organizations (Attachment Parenting International, Nurture VA, AWHONN, etc.) that care for pregnant and perinatal families

In addition, Dr. Butterfield has designed and runs a year long counseling class for the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University, and is an officer of several boards related to perinatal services: President – PATTCh; Training and Education Director (past Chair) – Perinatal Support of WA; State Coordinator for Postpartum Support International.


Can be altered to run 60 – 75 minutes and to be appropriate for mental health and birth professionals (nurses, midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, childbirth educators, infant mental health specialists, feeding specialists).

  1. This Isn’t What I Expected: What Makes Birth Traumatic to Patients – A description of the factors that contribute to patient perception of traumatic birth, including pre-existing risk factors, subjective and objective factors that occur during the birth, and etiology of posttraumatic stress disorder in response to traumatic childbirth.
  2. Catching It in the Moment: Red Flags in Labor and Delivery – Focus on the four areas of concern that suggest the laboring woman will perceive her delivery as traumatic, with suggestions for alleviating these concerns as they occur – thus hopefully preventing the development of negative psychological sequelae to the birth.
  3. Silent Suffering: The Needs of Fathers and Partners in a Traumatic Birth – A description of recent research delineating the emotional experiences of partners who witness traumatic births or “near miss” events, with a focus on what services might be provided to them during the event, as well as psychological services to be offered afterward.
  4. Practitioner Trauma: Emerging Themes and Points of Vulnerability – Presentation of the impact trauma and emergent events might have on the attending staff, including examination of the role of trauma in provider burn out and horizontal violence. Some discussion of “Second Victim” programs for hospital providers.
  5. Is Everybody OK? How to Screen for Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD post birth. – We will examine the utility of screening for enhancing provider-patient discussion of experience, deepening or repairing relationships, making tentative diagnosis, and offering a pathway to effective referral and the alleviation of distress. Several screening tools will be discussed.
  6. Trauma and Loss: Is there Really “Good” Grief for Parents and Staff? – Examination of the special components that differentiate perinatal loss from other losses, and the ways in which both parents and staff are profoundly altered by such a loss. We discuss the ways in which patients and staff might make some of this journey together, such that both populations experience a decrease in suffering.
  7. NICU Survival and Attachment: Special Challenges for NICU Parents and Staff Discussion of the ways in which a NICU stay may both (a) contribute to perinatal mood disorders that decrease available energy and desire for attachment; and (b) cause interruptions to the attachment process. We will address several ways to enhance perinatal attachment and decrease parental distress during NICU stays.
  8. After the Storm: Treatment Methods for Healing Traumatic Birth – Focus on several psychotherapeutic approaches for enhancing healing and recovery from traumatic birth. In particular, we will discuss cognitive behavioral therapy, prolonged exposure in its varied forms, and active/experiential methods such as AEDP.
  9. Life after Trauma: Posttraumatic Growth following Traumatic Childbirth – An examination of the possibility for growth and psychological re-organization after a traumatic experience. We will focus on the pre-existing factors that are linked to PTG, as well as on practices individuals can develop prior to (or following) a traumatic birth that may aid in a less distressing experience.
  10. Where’s the Milk: The Unhappy Intersection of Traumatic Childbirth and Breastfeeding – An examination of the ways in which a traumatic childbirth may influence a woman’s ability to (or desire to) breastfeed. We will address issue that practitioners should be aware of, and ways to positively support and engage around breastfeeding concerns or clients following traumatic childbirth.
  11. Uncommon Kindness: Self-Compassion and Resilience in the Face of Traumatic Childbirth – A presentation regarding the practice of self-compassion, as something inclusive of (but more than) a meditative practice. Examination of several activities designed to develop self-compassion, as well as support for findings that self-compassion in particular can provide relief from distress after trauma.

Onion Carillo


Onion M. Carrillo Norman, MSW
King County DV award recipient
Seattle WA

  • Immigration and Birth: Building walls and Holding hands in Labor and Delivery to prevent Trauma This webinar is geared inform providers of the cultural collision for Undocumented immigrant Latina women delivering babies in the United States. This webinar will also focus on tools to support clients in difficult situations.
  • Homeless and Expecting: Building resilience and sustainability in transitions This webinar is for providers. The focus will be to help providers be client centered advocates for homeless clients during pregnancy and birth. The goal is to minimize traumatic birth experiences for homeless parents.
  • Hope Beyond Death: The loss of a death after Traumatic delivery. This webinar is for medical provider’s and will help provide OBGYN, Medical Assistant or general medical professionals a foundation of information to support clients after a loss in respects to managing a busy schedule.
  • Domestic Violence Resiliency of today compared to 1970s. This webinar is for Social Work providers to understand the context of Domestic Violence resiliency today and how much of it was influenced by the feminist movement of 1970’s.
  • Healing after Rape: Preparation for Birth after Rape and understanding rape culture. This webinar is for providers to have a rich understanding of the history of rape culture in the United States and basically support clients in labor and through delivery to prepare them for a healthy life long journey of parenting.
  • Traumatic Birth and Child Protective Services: How to help when highly concerned. This 2 hour webinar is for providers to understand the foundation of CPS and limits of CPS In relationship to preventing a traumatic birth. The outcome is to provide attendees with alternative ideas and approaches when faced with the limits of the law.
  • WA CPS beyond bad parenting: Washington State Basics for Providers. This is a 30 minuet basic flash course for Medical providers in Washington State that are not able to attend longer CPS trainings or course due to schedules. However have a concern or need for understanding the basics.
    · WIC challenges and benefits for survivors of traumatic birth
    · Mental Health, Pregnancy and Police Force looking at interventions and accountability models
    · Tribal Child Welfare Programs

Phyllis Klaus


Suzanne Swanson


PhD, Licensed Psychologist
Birth Doula certified by COPE
Loft Mentor Award for Writers

  • Secondary and Vicarious Trauma: What Just Happened. . . to Them, to Me?
    60- 75 mn minimum — designed for a broad audience of birth/postpartum professionals
    What the witness experiences as trauma may or may not match what the birthing woman or other professionals experience. This talk focuses on how to care for yourself as a birth professional during and after the birth.
  • Pregnant Again? Having a Baby after Traumatic Birth
    60-75 mn — can be tailored for parents or birth professionals
    Parents who’ve experienced a traumatic birth are often apprehensive about a next pregnancy and birth. This talk helps parents look backward and forward: claim their strengths, identify core beliefs about birth, refine communication skills, create connection and collaboration.
  • Compassionate Healing: Recovery from Witnessing Traumatic Birth as a Provider
    75-90 mn
    This presentation offers a focused, in-depth approach to birth professionals using self-compassion to tend themselves. Opportunities for structured reflection, body awareness, discussion, identifying personal signs of depletion, and planning for personal and organizational renewal.
  • Just the Basics, Just Everything: Perinatal Mental Health and Mental Illness
    60-75 mn — for a wide range of birth professionals
    Enormous changes in identity are a normal and challenging part of the path to becoming a parent. Introduction to perinatal mental health and illness; specific ideas for creating an atmosphere of trust in order to accurately screen and make referrals.
  • Perinatal Trauma and Challenge: Tending Mothers, Tending Others
    45-60 mn — for a wide range of birth professionals
    Basic introduction to primary and secondary birth trauma: identifying vulnerabilities, caring for distressed parents, applying principles of trauma stewardship.
  • Writing the Story of Your Child’s Birth
    2-4 hour workshop
    Birth stories are for babies and for parents; they can be told in a variety of forms. This hands-on workshop can be healing or poignant (or both) as those attending hear and read others’ stories — and write their own.
  • Taking on Traumatic Birth: A Workshop for Mental Health Clinicians
    3-6 hours (could also be tailored for Labor & Delivery Nurses)
    This workshop offers mental health professionals who work with birthing families an opportunity to identify risk factors and core beliefs that can create vulnerability to secondary trauma and compassion fatigue. Using structured reflection and discussion, you will also leave with a knowledge of ways to calm and tend yourself — both in the moment and as an ongoing process.
  • Birth Trauma for Birth and Postpartum Doulas — What Just Happened? What is My Role?
    An Interactive Worshop — 60 – 90 mn
    How can doulas learn to cope with traumas — the ones we witness, the ones we experience — both big and “small,” while attending women in childbirth or postpartum? What can we do in these situations to honor the parents, protect ourselves, and work with any issues a traumatic birth might bring up in us?

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett