About this event

  • Date and time Fri 20 May 2022 from 10:00am to 4:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Maternity and the Newborn Forum

This live stream will examine and provide an understanding of trauma in the context of the maternity journey. This includes traumatic experiences within the maternity journey itself, the impact of historical trauma on the experience of pregnancy, birth and the quality of healthcare received, best practice in trauma-informed care, and psychological experiences of women during their maternity journey. 

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Experts will highlight how practitioners and systems can better hold in mind trauma experiences, promote improved care and better outcomes for parents and their babies as a result. They will offer their expertise, experience, case studies and insights for consideration.

You will be provided with a theoretical foundation for considering the impact of trauma in the perinatal period, as well as clear ideas for translating trauma-informed care into your own practice.

You will also hear presentations about the impact of newly developed services supporting women who have experienced new or additional trauma within their maternity journey. 

During this live stream you will:  

  • Learn about best practice in trauma-informed care in the perinatal period 
  • Develop greater insight into the psychological experience of women in their maternity journey who have previously experienced trauma
  • Formulate clear ideas on what trauma-informed care is, considerations in offering maternity care, and how you can start improving your practice

CPD learning applied.

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Key speakers

Dr Rebecca Moore

Perinatal Psychiatrist, and Co-founder, Make Birth Better    

Clare Law

Director, Centre for Early Child Development    

Elsa Montgomery

Senior Lecturer, Midwifery, Kings College London, and Co-Producer, Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenthood after Childhood Sexual Abuse 

Dr Melanie White

Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Maternal Mental Health Service, Perinatal Mental Health Team, and Kingfisher Mother and Baby Unit 


View the programme

Welcome and introduction

Dr Joanne Peterkin, Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lecturer, University of East Anglia

Providing trauma-informed perinatal care

Dr Rebecca Moore, Perinatal Psychiatrist and Co-Founder, Make Birth Better

Expert by experience: Person with lived experience
Questions and answers
Comfort break
Transforming systems, transforming experiences: Implementing trauma-informed care in the perinatal period

Ms Clare Law, Director, Centre for Early Child Development and Lauren Wolfenden, Development Manager, Centre for Early Child Development, Simone Moore, Health Connector, Centre for Early Child Development

Questions and answers
Lunch break
Supporting women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse through maternity care

Ms Elsa Montgomery, Senior Lecturer in Midwifery, Kings College London and Co-Producer of Pregnancy, Childbirth and Parenthood after Childhood Sexual Abuse

Questions and answers
Reducing birth trauma

Ms Katharine Graves, Founder and Trainer, KGHypnobirthing

Comfort break
Reflections on piloting a maternity mental health service in the east of England

Dr Melanie White, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Maternal Mental Health Service, Perinatal Mental Health Team, and Kingfisher Mother and Baby Unit, Norwich

Questions and answers
Closing remarks

Dr Joanne Peterkin

End of the meeting



Disclaimer: All views expressed at this live stream are of the speakers themselves and not of the RSM nor the speaker's organisations.

Registration for this live stream will close 2 hours before the start timeLate registrations will not be accepted.

This live stream will be recorded and stored by the Royal Society of Medicine and may be  distributed  in future on various internet channels. 

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