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  • Leslie Butterfield
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  • Sharon Storton
  • Suzanne Swanson
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Recorded webinar: PATTCh Two-day Conference-Traumatic Birth: Beyond the Basics


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This recorded conference has been approved for 6 R-CERPs

Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh)
Presents a Two-Day Online Conference:

Traumatic Birth: Beyond the Basics

January 24th-25th


PATTCh invites you to a two-day online conference for birth and mental health professionals that will help you effectively address the impact of traumatic birth on caregivers, mothers and their loved ones. This seminar goes beyond the basics of traumatic birth experiences, to share current research and explore the many impacts of traumatic birth. Our panel of experts will  address vicarious trauma experienced by professionals and birth partners. We will also share emerging research on birth trauma from the lens of race and special needs, offering ways to heal and help others heal from a traumatic birth experience. The final session is Q&A and discussion, where you can ask questions of conference speakers.


In the U.S., approximately 20% of new mothers develop symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and 9% meet full criteria. This is your opportunity to learn from experts in the field on how to help yourself, your clients and those supporting your clients to recognize and heal from the effects of birth trauma.


*The event will be recorded and a link will be sent to everyone that purchases a ticket. CEU approved social workers, LMFTs and LMHPs. 


*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 click on THIS LINK to fill out the scholarship application form. 


Please consider watching our earlier series of talks Traumatic Birth: Understanding the Basics (http://stores.praeclaruspress.com/recorded-webinar-pattch-2018-conference/) in preparation for this workshop (also eligable for CEUs, CERPs). Please note, Understanding the Basics webinar is helpful but not a prerequisite for signing up for our Beyond the Basics webinar.


Day 1: Thursday, January 24, 2019 (9AM-3:30PM PST)

Silent Suffering: Partners’ Experiences of Traumatic Birth

Leslie Butterfield, PhD

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 9:15AM (PST)

Over the past several decades, partners have moved from the waiting room into the birthing/delivery room. There, they are expected to offer ongoing physical and emotional support, coaching, and advocacy to the birthing woman.  All this, with limited training and preparation, and with little instruction as to how to manage their own responses.

Many partners complain that they feel incompetent and woefully unprepared for the intensity of labor and delivery, even more so if complications arise.  If a birthing mother is frightened, feels threatened, or is literally undergoing unplanned interventions and treatments, partners feel overwhelmed with the need to protect and defend the birthing woman – without regard for their own cognitive or emotional state.

This presentation will focus on the common experiences of partners who are present at traumatic birth, delineating the themes they describe as important, and the ways in which they may require attention and aid both during a difficult birth and after the baby is born.   



ngozi.pngWhen Black Survivors Give Birth

Ngozi D. Tibbs, MPH, IBCLC, LCCE

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 10:25 AM (PST)

This session will offer participants a deeper understanding of why black women have higher rates of maternal mortality and infant mortality.  By sharing context about black maternal child health in the US and black women’s stories of survival, participants will learn about short and long term solutions to decrease the rates of maternal and infant mortality for black women and babies. This session will explore the role of the health provider, doula, childbirth educator, lactation provider- healing centuries old wounds one family at a time.


phyllisklaus-headshot.jpgSome Methods to Heal and Resolve Negative Birth Events and Distressing Feelings

Phyllis Klaus, MEd., LMFT, LMSW

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 11:30 AM (PST)

Women and their partners need help to integrate the birth experience. They must be helped to acknowledge their distressful feelings in order to move past them. They need permission to feel the pain, anger, disappointment, and to have time to grieve over the experience and eventually find meaning and be able to move forward. Caregivers must first open the subject, listen, and validate the reality, and give information on the trauma aspect. This would also be true for postpartum depression. Women need to feel assured that the caregiver has understanding of what the woman has experienced.  This presentation will provide some actual methods to reduce stress from the traumatic events.



Day 2: Friday, January 25, 2019 (9AM-3:30PM PST)


What’s Happening to Me?  Secondary and Vicarious Perinatal Trauma

suzanne-swanson-pic.jpgSuzanne Swanson, PhD
Friday, January 25, 2018, 9:15 AM (PST)

Trauma or distress in the perinatal period can have an impact on witnesses as well as on the birthing parent.  What the witness (whether present or at a distance) experiences as trauma may or may not match what the parent or other professionals experience.  This session will introduce perinatal secondary/vicarious trauma and compassion fatigue. You will learn how to identify vulnerabilities to trauma, how to care for yourself as a birth professional, and how to apply the principles of trauma stewardship.  





sharon.jpgNavigating Positive Birth through the Lens of Autism

Sharon Storton, MA, MS, Registered Psychologist
Friday, January 25, 2019, 10:25 AM (PST)

Childbirth is an intensely personal and intimate experience for many women, one in which their own histories, challenges, triumphs and understandings of the world can play a key role.  For women whose functional and relational processing is impacted by the neurology of autism spectrum perspectives, childbirth can be intensely troubling. Research on this topic is still fairly scarce, however, as a topic for study and inclusion in professional decision making, autism spectrum differences are becoming more visible. This talk will discuss the recent research in order to help birth professionals to open their understanding to include other ways of perceiving the world.  We will discuss ways in which this information could impact their assumptions about appropriate care.



kennedy-annie.pngPanel Roundtable Discussion and Q&A

Facilitator: Annie Kennedy, MA

Friday, January 25, 2019, 11:30 AM (PST)


This roundtable will provide an excellent opportunity to summarize the learnings from the webinar and have your questions answered by our speakers.

Agenda (All Times are Pacific Standard Time)


Thursday January 24, 2019

9:00 AM  Welcome

9:15 AM-10:15 AM Silent Suffering: Partners’ Experiences of Traumatic Birth, Leslie Butterfield, PhD

10:15 -10:25 AM  Break

10:25-11:25 AM When Black Survivors Give Birth, Ngozi D. Tibbs, MPH, IBCLC, LCCE

11:25-11:30 AM Break 

11:30-12:30 AM Some Methods to Heal and Resolve Negative Birth Events and Distressing Feelings,  Phyllis Klaus, MEd., LMFT, LMSW

12:30 PM  Wrap up, Evaluations & Adjourn for the Day

Friday, January 25, 2019

9:00 AM   Welcome

9:15 AM-10:15 AM What’s Happening to Me?  Secondary and Vicarious Perinatal Trauma- Suzanne Swanson, PhD

10:15-10:25 AM  Break

10:25-11:25 AM Navigating Positive Birth through the Lens of Autism Spectrum Experiences in the Birthing Woman- Sharon Storton

11:25-11:30 AM Break

11:30 AM  Panel Roundtable Discussion and Q&A Annie Kennedy

12:30 AM  Wrap up, Evaluations & Adjourn


If you wish to apply for a scholarship, fill out the application in the link: 




pattch-leslie-butterfield-pic.jpgLeslie Butterfield is a clinical psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health. She's traveled globally to provide training and consultation to medical and mental health organizations in the United States, Turkey, France, and Singapore. She's developed the counseling skills curriculum for Seattle Midwifery School and Bastyr Naturopathic University for 20 years, and is past Chairwoman of Perinatal Support – Washington, a state coordinator for PSI, and President of PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth.






ngozi.pngNgozi D. Tibbs is the founder and owner of Sankofa Childbirth Education and Lactation Services. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Maternal Child Health and a Masters Degree in Public Health. She is married to her college sweetheart and they are the proud parents of five children. Ngozi is a Certified Childbirth Trainer and Educator through Lamaze International (LCCE), an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and the Co-Founder of The Pittsburgh Black Breastfeeding Circle (PBBC). Ngozi attended her first birth in 1999 and knew from that day that she had found her calling. She has served as both a private and community based doula and currently provides childbirth education and lactation consulting at a local hospital. 







phyllisklaus-headshot.jpgPhyllis Klaus, MEd., LMFT, LMSW, is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Clinical social worker. Formerly on the faculty of the Department of Family Practice, Michigan State University, and the Milton H. Erickson Institute in Santa Rosa, California, she currently practices in Palo Alto, California, providing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and counseling to individuals, couples, families and groups. She has been working with the concerns of families in the perinatal period for over 40 years and has been involved in research and training of perinatal care providers since 1980, working especially with the symptoms of pregnancy, traumatic birth, effects of childhood sexual abuse on child-bearing and postpartum mood disorders.


She has extensive experience in treating trauma-related disorders such as PTSD dissociative disorders, and survivors of abuse. She also incorporates hypnosis, EMDR, EFT, Ego-State Therapy along with other psychotherapies in the treatment of somatic and medical disorders, family of origin and attachment disorders and complicated grief. She consults and presents workshops nationally and internationally and is a certified trainer of EMDR.  She is a Founder of DONA International and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). She is co-author of several articles as well as The Doula Book; Bonding; Your Amazing Newborn; a video, The Amazing Talents of the Newborn; and When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women


510-559-8000  phyllisklaus@gmail.com

sharon.jpgSharon Storton is an Alberta Registered Psychologist, and Canadian Registered Couple/Family Therapist, specializing in the support of women and families in the childbearing period.  Sharon was one of the founders, nearly a dozen years ago, of the still active Internet-based peer-support forum, Solace for Mothers. Those years ago, few recognized the experience of trauma as it related to childbirth itself, the impact of early childhood abuse on women during the childbearing period, and the prevalence of health protocols that may lead to feelings of oppression and even depression in women and their partners.  


suzanne-swanson-pic.jpgSuzanne Swanson, PhD,was -- for over 40 years -- a psychologist offering psychotherapy for issues arising in pregnancy, birth, postpartum, loss and mothering. She is Founder of Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Minnesota and was the first Minnesota Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. With Susan Lane, CD, LCCE, CLC, she teaches Another Birth/Another Story, classes for couples who have experienced a previous difficult or traumatic birth. Now a consultant, Suzanne offers presentations on perinatal trauma, secondary trauma, self-compassion for birthworkers, and having another baby after a traumatic birth. Suzanne is the mother of three grown children. She is the author of a chapbook, What Other Worlds: Postpartum Poems and the full-length House of Music.






pattch-kennedy-annie.pngAnnie Kennedy is an advocate for humane birth care. She is director of the Simkin Center at Bastyr University, serves on the board of Prevention & Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh), and is a student completing the Master of Arts in Maternal-Child Health Systems program at Bastyr University.  

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