Mickey Sperlich, PhD, MSW, MA, CPM is an assistant professor with the University at Buffalo School of Social Work. She is also an experienced midwife and researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges on women’s childbearing and postpartum experiences and outcomes. She is the author of several articles on the effects of trauma during the perinatal period, as well as the book Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse, which was named the 2008 Book of the Year by the America College of Nurse Midwives. Sperlich has taken part in several trauma-focused perinatal studies and is co-author of a psychosocial intervention for pregnant survivors of abuse, the Survivor Moms’ Companion. She is committed to finding ways to interrupt intergenerational cycles of violence and psychiatric vulnerability and promote recovery for women and young families.
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