About This Panel on Trauma Informed Care & Perinatal Practices


The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (1998) highlighted 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 correlated with adult disease. Further studies have explored specific programs to help improve the conditions that create 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. This panel consists of experts who are fluent in trauma-informed care and resilience, and experts in trauma and prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. This project will educate APPPAH leadership, staff, community and participants about the pervasiveness of trauma and its impact on birth from many perspectives. It will also support the greater trauma informed and resilience community.

Our Topics, Speakers and Dates. You can see descriptions and bios here:

March 4, 2019:  Introduction to Trauma Informed Care and Trauma Sensitive Perinatal Intake

  • Transforming Trauma in Prenatal and Perinatal Care with Jennie Birkholz, Principle of Breakwater Light, LLC
  • The Art of Trauma Sensitive Intake in the Midwifery Model of Care with Maryl Smith, CPM

March 11, 2019:  Perinatal Trauma Informed Practices for Marginalized Populations, especially Women of Color and LGBTQ Families

  • Gender and Conception, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum with Elsa Asher, MA
  • The Impact of Transgenerational influences and Race on Perinatal Outcomes for Black Women living in the United States with Heather Clarke, CNM

March 18, 2019:  Perinatal Trauma Informed Practices for Women who have Experienced Trauma

  • 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

March 25, 2019: Trauma and Attachment and Trauma Informed Practices from the Baby's Perspective

  • Seen, Heard, and Felt: Supporting Mother-Baby and Partner Before, During, and After Birth with Rebecca Thompson Hitt, MA, MFT
  • Trauma Informed Care from the Baby's Perspective: ​A New Model of Care to Help Families Thrive with Kate White, MA, BCBMT, RCST®, CEIM, SEP

April 1, 2019: Integrating Trauma Informed Practice into Midwifery and Creating Resilience

  • Let's Stop Re-traumatizing the Traumatized! Providing Perinatal Safety The JJ WayⓇ, with Jennie Joseph, CPM
  • From Trauma to Resilience: Navigating Cultural Change with Nkem Ndefo.


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