Stressful birth and the consequences for mother and baby

Birth & My Baby, Bringing Up Kids Trauma Free

Many mothers are fortunate to have wonderful, life enhancing, empowering, stress free births of babies who are rarely distressed, feed and sleep like clockwork, and sail seamlessly into school. But many do not. Genetics, variable healthcare provision, personal choices, local circumstances and ‘luck’ all play their part. A normal pregnancy and birth is a retrospective assessment. Choice has huge positives, but is it always based on best evidence? Has it always provided the desired outcomes? Could we better prepare mothers for the journey? Could we better support parents when disappointment looms? Are “pain and sorrow” inevitable?

When we talk of birth trauma, we mean Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) that occurs after childbirth. It is estimated to affect about 1 in every 3 people who have a traumatic experience.

What will you learn?:

  • Pregnancy trauma can’t be totally avoided.
  • Choice is often good, but maybe not always?
  • Choice can lead to unintended outcomes.
  • Predicting pregnancy outcomes is not science….yet!
  • Effects of Trauma must be addressed promptly and professionally.


Where? Young Hearts & Minds Event – Waterfront Hall

When ? Wednesday 27th June – 1230 – 1330

Cost ? £48 – 2 Days / £35 – 1 Day


Click here for the full schedule of talks

A little bit about the speakers!

Prof Jim Dornan; Emeritus Professor in Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Queens University Belfast, Professor Health and Life Sciences Ulster University. Former Senior Vice President of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.  Research interests include assessment of fetal wellbeing, prenatal screening and diagnosis, and prevention of Pelvic Floor Damage associated with Childbirth.

Steven Hoskinson, MA, MAT, is the Founder, CEO and CCO (Chief Compassion Officer) of Organic Intelligence®. Steve has created the Human Empowerment And Resiliency Training (HEARTraining®) based on Organic Intelligence, which is a positive psychology, fractal method known for its strengths-based, implicit exposure, approach for trauma. Organic Intelligence is a pioneer in the interpersonal neurobiology field, and utilizes a complexity science framework that catalyzes intrinsic biological self-organization using the comprehensive OI Clinical Protocol. Since 1999, Steve has mentored and trained thousands of professionals in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East in his ethical and compassionate treatment method for trauma. Prominent in the Somatic Psychology field, Steve trained students and SE Faculty as Senior International Faculty for the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma Institute for 17 years. Now, in addition to his OI work, he also teaches graduate students as Adjunct Faculty for JFK University’s Somatic Psychology program. Steve is a founding member of the Northern California Society for Integrative Mental Health and the International Transformational Resilience Coalition. He also served on the Global Training and Education Council for the SE Trauma Institute, and hosts the Podcast series, “The End of Trauma.”

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