LIVE Webinar: The Midwife's Role in Helping Families with Perinatal Trauma

with Kate White and Lois Trezise

Live Webinar | Thursday, March 3, 2022 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM EST | 1 CE
$14.99 Students | $24.99 Members | $24.99 Non-Member Students | $49.99 Non-Members

It has become very clear that maternity services need to include a trauma-informed approach that addresses maternal mental health and birth trauma (O’Neil, S. et al, 2021), and who better to do that than midwives (ACNM, 2022). The United States ranks the highest in maternal mortality and morbidity even though is spends more per capita on health care than other developed nations (OECD, 2020).

Trauma-informed care in the perinatal period is gaining popularity, with maternal care including Adverse Childhood Experiences in prenatal care (Sciolla, A, 2018). Prevention and healing birth trauma may be expanded to include infant experiences as well (Monk,2020). Midwives have a special role in caring for the mother-baby dyad. This presentation will review the role of the midwife in perinatal trauma care and outline a model of care that includes taking a trauma-sensitive history, application of autonomic nervous system responses, integration of prenatal bonding, stress management and connection with the unborn baby, understanding the impact of birth interventions on the family nervous system and what to do about it. It will also include recommendations for birth story review with families postpartum.


Kate White

Kate White is a massage and Biodynamic craniosacral therapist has been involved with pre- and perinatal health for over 25 years, starting with maternal and child health, family planning, and health education as an international professional, to a practitioner of the healing arts as a bodyworker working with pregnant mothers, families and babies. Her qualifications include: BA and MA in communications, Certifications in prenatal massage, infant massage, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Completion of the Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner Training. Nearly 20 years of study and training in Prenatal and Perinatal Somatic Psychology with many leading pioneering practitioners. Founder and former Director of Education for the Prenatal and Perinatal Educator Certificate course for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health, 2013-2019. Founding Director of the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs, Co-Creator of Integrated Prenatal and Perinatal Programs, Creator of Baby Dynamics Clinical training, Leading Edge Somatic Skills Seminars, and the Whole Family Clinic You can see a complete list of her trainings and education on her website, belvederearts.com.

Lois Trezise

Lois Trezise is a nurse-midwife of 35 year’s experience with a Master’s Degree in Midwifery and certification in hypnosis from ASCH. Lois has attended births at home, out-of-hospital birth centers, and both large city and small community hospitals. Her experience has given her an in-depth overview of all the different ways in which labor can unfold and how to help prepare and support families. She currently lives in Brattleboro, VT, and presents several times a year at the Center.