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For Community

Community, birthing families and those who have suffered birth-related trauma

Each evening will feature two inspirational speakers, one session for professionals and one session for our community, birthing families and people who identify as having birth-related trauma.

As part of each of our speaker’s address, each attendee will recieve a summary of the presentation.


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Day One

Monday 23, 6.30pm

Mama’s Missing Mojo

by Vanessa Tarfon, Sex Therapist

Vanessa will talk to the truth about intimacy after children, how sexual identity and desire are affected postpartum, why reviving sexual desire is important and how to reignite your intimate self.

Lived experience: Camille Rains

Rosanna Tile

Day Two

Tuesday 24, 6.30pm

Pregnancy and birth after birth trauma

by Dr Rosanna Pajak, Clinical Psychologist

This session will discuss the common challenges associated with planning or becoming pregnant following a traumatic birth. Dr Pajak will discuss how you can understand and address birth-related anxiety and explore the benefits of processing your past experience. The session will also cover how to find the right resources and support for you to navigate through another pregnancy and birth.

Includes lived experience: Claire Nixon

Dr Jessica Caldwell Hall

Day Three

Wednesday 25, 6.30pm

Birth After Trauma – What Next?"

Dr Jessica Caldwell-Hall, OBGYN

Jessica will explore the types of birth trauma that women can sustain (levator avulsion, perineal tears, psychological trauma) as well as recommendations for treatment for the most common pelvic floor disorders. Then we will discuss what to do in the next pregnancy and birth (and how to broach the subject with your provider?).

Lived experience: Michelle Manuatu & Elizabeth Beresneva

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Day Four

Thursday 26, 6.30pm

Bonding with Baby after trauma

Janet Henegan, Counsellor

The talk will focus on what every baby needs emotionally, how attachment develops with a major focus on tips to optimise the attachment relationship after a disruption.

Lived experience: Suganya Ganesan

Day Five

Friday 27, 6.30pm

Finding your support team - A fractured care system

A peer discussion about receiving support from Mother and Baby Units: Amy Muller, Emily McCarthy, Shiralee Laycock & ABTA Advocacy Co-ordinator Laura Hewett


Please complete the following form to register for the summit. You will be provided login details for the event.