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General Sessions For All

Keynote Address - Surviving to Thriving: Transforming Intergenerational Cycles of Violence, Risk, and Vulnerability

Using a trauma-informed lens, Sperlich will discuss how cycles of violence and psychiatric vulnerability affect pregnancy and early parenting, and impart risk for adverse outcome for mothers and their babies. She will also discuss the emerging evidence for ways to disrupt these cycles and promote resiliency during the childbearing year and beyond.  Mickey Sperlich, PhD, CPM

 

Closing Address – System Complexity and the Challenge of Too Much Medicine

Although modern medicine has greatly advanced our capabilities, it has also resulted in a healthcare system of remarkable complexity. Hospital labor and delivery units often have five waste containers - one for sharps, one for biohazards, one for soiled linens, one for recycling, and one, of course, for normal garbage. The complexity of these environments may be the root cause of both our successes and our failures, including a growing tendency to cause harm by intervening inappropriately in childbirth. This talk will review new ways of thinking about how to intentionally simplify the complexity of the healthcare systems we work in order to take better care of mothers and babies. Neel Shah, MD, MPP

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Clinical Tract

Adverse Childhood Experiences 101 & Trauma Informed Care for Midwives

  • "Adverse Childhood Experiences 101: How Early Life Trauma Shapes Brains & Bodies & What We Can Do About It" will provide an introduction to the science of early life trauma and its effects throughout the lifecourse, and an introduction to resilience science and the concepts of trauma-informed care. Laura Norton-Cruz, LMSW
  • "Trauma Informed Care for Midwives" will highlight the basic premises of trauma-informed care, how midwives and doulas can identify the needs of women who are survivors of childhood maltreatment and/or interpersonal trauma, and how they might conceptualize trauma-informed care specific to midwifery and doula work. Emphasis will be on putting these concepts into practice in order to foster change. Mickey Sperlich, PhD, CPM

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Administrative Tract

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