We are delighted to invite you to the inaugural biennial Australasian Birth Trauma Conference, co-hosted by the Centre for Perinatal Psychology (CPP) and the Australasian Birth Trauma Association (ABTA).
This professional event will unite providers from diverse disciplines involved in the care of families during the perinatal period. The aim of the conference is to provide education, professional development and networking opportunities to strengthen integrated and collaborative care in the prevention and healing of birth trauma.
ABTA has been established to offer emotional and practical support to women and their partners who have been traumatised by a difficult birth experience. We also offer guidance for the broad array of health professionals involved in the care of these women and their families.
Our conference is held across 2 days. We aim to unite professionals, learning and approach. Pre- conference we deep dive into support, whilst the main conference covers the spectrum of birth trauma care and support.
Our pre-conference workshop caters for counselling professionals from diverse backgrounds such as psychology, social work, child health, midwifery, general practice, and obstetrics, who would like to improve the way they mould supportive conversations with new parents.
Our conference workshops and presentations span two days. Please select the day below for a brief overview of topics and speakers.
Counselling skills for resolving psychological birth trauma – an introduction
9:00 am – 5.00 pm (Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided)
The care of the mother post-birth can often go un-noticed as she enters into her new phase of parenting an infant. Fathers are barely considered and rarely asked how they are coping. The adjustment of the family as a whole can be impacted upon by a traumatic birth. We know that 1 in 3 women in Australia describe their births as traumatic, and 10% of these will go on to develop PTSD. But a vast array of young families are left to struggle alone with the ripple effects of trauma and psychological maladjustment, and this can affect their bonding with the baby, their relationship to the world around them, and their likelihood of seeking help. It is fertile ground for post-natal depression and anxiety disorders, and can possibly impact upon the baby’s development.
This workshop will empower counselling professionals working with women in the perinatal period to feel more confident in identifying and managing birth trauma. If you are a health professional who encounters the psychological impacts of birth trauma, this workshop will increase your clinical skill in identifying, opening up conversations, and helping women heal from birth trauma. This workshop is relevant to counselling professionals from diverse backgrounds such as psychology, social work, child health, midwifery, general practice, and obstetrics, who would like to improve the way they mould supportive conversations with new parents. You will come away with new skills to put into practice right away.
Clinical Psychologist, Amanda Donnet
Amanda is a Brisbane based Clinical Psychologist and founder of Spilt Milk Psychology. She is passionate about perinatal mental health, and supporting mothers and their families through the challenges of early parenting. She has also completed additional training in birth trauma, breastfeeding, feeding disorders, and managing unsettled and distressed babies.
In private practice, Amanda predominantly works with women and their families experiencing difficulties in the perinatal period, including fertility difficulties, birth trauma, pregnancy and neonatal loss, and the transition to parenthood. In 2018, as a part of the Roar Behind the Silence Tour (run by CAPERS Bookstores), Amanda ran a series of health professional training workshops for midwives throughout Australia aimed at improving awareness of common perinatal mental health concerns and also cultivating compassion within maternity care.
The mother of three young boys, in her spare (and often not-spare) time, Amanda enjoys volunteering as a qualified breastfeeding counsellor assisting individuals with infant feeding concerns and running mother-to-mother support groups.
Rachel is the founder of POP Psychology, a unique private practice in Brisbane aiming to make therapy accessible, creative and fun. Her experience as a Clinical Psychologist and professional educator has taken her to various roles in government, non-government, and private practice.
These settings have built a solid foundation of learning from the children and families she sees, and especially in the areas of Complex Trauma, Family Systems frameworks, infant and toddler emotional development, and the impacts of early attachment disruption.
She is particularly passionate about Perinatal Mental Health for its potential in improving the health of the family unit as they navigate the demands of pregnancy, birth, raising an infant, and beyond. Rachel has always been an advocate for clinical learning, high quality supervision, and building community through shared understandings.
Uniting Professionals in Birth Trauma Care
8:00 am – 5.00 pm (Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided)
The 2019 program provides unique opportunity to hear from leading clinicians across disciplines on a variety of topics in a single stream, as you won’t want to miss any of our keynotes. The program covers impacts of physical and psychological birth trauma on multiple relationships: to one’s body and sense of self, the mother-infant relationship and the couple relationship. Practical approaches to prevention and healing will be an applied focus of the day. Our speakers will share wisdom from physiotherapy, obstetrics, midwifery, psychiatry, psychology, social work, relationship therapy and lived experience.
8.00 – 8.45 Registration
8.45 – 9.00 Welcome and Opening address | Centre for Perinatal Psychology & Australasian Birth Trauma Association
9.00 – 9.30 Setting the scene: Birth trauma and its impact on self and relationships, supporting rural & Regional areas | Prof. Bryanne Barnett AM
9.30 – 10.00 “The Birth Debrief – from explanation and justification to launching the healing process" – Debby Gould, Birthtalk.org
10.00 – 10.30 Birth trauma aware practice, and timely treatment protects mums, dads, and the developing relationship with their baby | Julie King, Parent and Infant Psychologist, Centre for Perinatal Psychology
10.30 – 10.45 ‘Saying Sorry does not Mean Liability’ – Danielle Natoli
10.45 – 11.15 Morning tea
11.15 – 11.45 Impact of physical and psychological birth trauma on the couple relationship | Elly Taylor, relationship counsellor, author of Becoming Us
11.45 – 12.00 My Birth Story: HELLP Syndrome, Prematurity & Postpartum PTSD | Phoebe Shields
12.00 – 12.15 Dad’s experience – Gerhard Lamm
12.15 – 1.00 Birth Trauma – Insights from Obstetric Medicine – Dr Leonie Callaway
1.00 – 2.00 Lunch
2.00 – 2.30 Pregnancy; birth and the pelvic floor: What do we know? Dr Jenny Kruger, University of Auckland
2.30 – 3.00 Psychological impact of Somatic Trauma & Lived Experience – Liz Skinner & Amy Dawes
3.00 – 3.20 Physical Birth Trauma: Informing Women, Communicating Risk & Shared Decision Making | Dr Oliver Daly
3.20 – 4.10 Physical Birth Trauma: What it is and why rehabilitation with a pelvic physiotherapist is key | Angela James, Physiotherapist
4.10 – 4.40 Pregnancy, labour & birth after a birth trauma | Prof. Debra Creedy
4.40 – 5.00 Panel discussion – Creating ‘Communities of Practice’ | All presenters and facilitated by Bronwyn Leigh & Amy Dawes
5.00 Closing of conference & cocktails | Bronwyn Leigh & Amy Dawes
Our keynote speakers and facilitators are a cohesive team of experts and specialists. We encourage you to explore their online profiles and make connections. We hope that this assists you in creating meaningful connections with our extended team.
We have put together a variety of pricing options to suit your interests.
Peach Tree Gala Dinner
Peach Tree is delighted to collaborate with the Birth Trauma Conference. The high prevalence of birth trauma and the devastating impact this has on mental wellbeing, means many women and partners who are living with birth trauma visit Peach Tree’s community support service. Peach Tree are steadfast in their belief that all individuals who are impacted by birth trauma and who are struggling with their mental wellbeing, deserve to have access to compassionate and non-judgmental care and support.
Therefore, you are invited to round out your Conference experience, by attending the annual Peach Tree Vintage Gala! Before heading home, please join us to raise awareness of perinatal mental health, to celebrate Peach Tree, and raise funds towards keeping their peer-led services free and accessible for the women, men and families who need support.
Now in it’s 5th year, this year the Vintage Gala will be held at the funky Baedecker Bar in Fortitude Valley. Enjoy live music, ample canapes and beverages, all included in your Gala ticket price. The Vintage dress theme is optional, but we encourage everyone to have fun with the theme of simple glamour – op shops are the perfect place to find suitable attire!
Peach Tree are pleased to offer an exclusive deal for Birth Trauma Conference delegates. Purchase your Gala ticket at the same time as your conference registration, and you are entitled to a 10% discount on your Gala ticket.