Mental Health

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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Psychological Trauma and was Founding Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, a position she held for 11 years. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of APA’s Publications and Communications Board, a committee that oversees all APA journals.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2019 President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 470 articles or chapters and is author or editor of 39 books. Her most recent books include Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2017, Routledge UK), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2017, Routledge US, with Lesia Ruglass), The Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical (2018, Praeclarus). She is editor of the Clinical Lactation Monograph series, which has 11 volumes including Breast and Nipple Pain, Milk Supply, and Tongue-Tie (Praeclarus).

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Moral Injury in Members of the Perinatal Health Team

Working in perinatal care can be deeply rewarding. It can also lead to job-related burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and moral injury. Secondary traumatic stress (compassion fatigue), or moral injury, can occur when witnessing traumatic events in the workplace.  This can occur when witnessing infant death or traumatic births, or when there is too much work, or work that doesn’t seem to make a difference, and little institutional support.

Unfortunately, this is remarkably common among caregivers for perinatal women. Burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral injury can lead to physical and mental health sequelae for care providers and have a negative effect on the care they provider. Self-care is essential for being able to provide care to others.

In this presentation, participants will learn about the causes and consequences of burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral injury. Fortunately, there is hope for recovery. Participants will learn some specific strategies for integrating self-care into their care for others..

In this session, you’ll learn:

  • To understand the causes of burnout for perinatal care providers
  • To understand the causes of compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress in perinatal care providers
  • To understand posttraumatic growth
  • To describe steps to recovery from burnout and secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue

Contact Hour: 1.0

Birdie Meyer, RN, MA, CLC, PMH-C

Birdie Meyer an RN with a Master’s Degree in Psychology/Counseling. She is a Past President for Postpartum Support International (PSI). She currently serves on PSI’s Advisory Council. She is currently the Certification Director for PSI.

Birdie is a Perinatal Mood Disorders International Trainer and speaks frequently to communities, nursing schools, grand rounds, and conferences. Birdie specializes in the recognition and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders. Birdie is highlighted as a PMD expert in PSI’s DVD that is shown around the world:  “Healthy Mom, Happy Family: Understanding Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders”.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Childbirth

This session will discuss the many faces of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and treatment options. The main emphasis of this session is on PTSD in childbirth. We will discuss the effects and consequences of a traumatic birth, including the nurses who witness the traumatic birth. Treat options and resources will be provided.

At the end of this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand an overview of prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, and psychosis
  • Describe risk factors and treatment options for perinatal mood disorders treatment.
  • Understand the effects of a traumatic birth

Contact Hour: 1.5

Amy-Rose White MSW, LCSW, PMH-C

Amy-Rose White, LCSW, is the founder and co-chair of Postpartum Support International Utah, founder of Wellmama Maternal Mental Health services in Eugene Oregon, and PSI volunteer since 2008.

As a perinatal psychotherapist in private practice for over twelve years, Amy-Rose specializes in reproductive trauma, maternal mental health disorders and couples counseling and is a national educator and advocate in the field of maternal mental health. She has over twenty years of social work experience with perinatal and multi-stressed families as well as a passion for trauma informed care and child abuse prevention.

She is also the proud mother of two rambunctious teenage boys who know quite a bit about maternal mental health.

Inclusive Approaches to Reducing Birth Trauma and PTSD

Over a quarter of all American women will report symptoms of birth trauma PTSD. Known risk factors and actionable steps exist to help guide providers in reducing this condition and improving the health and well-being of birthing parents and their families.

This seminar will explore the diagnosis of PTSD related to childbirth as well as approaches to recognizing systemic and individual influences with a focus on oppression and bias as contributing factors. Concrete tools for prevention and intervention will be discussed.

Contact Hour: 1

Bonita Katz, BA, RN, ICCE, ICBD, IAT, CLC

Bonita has been a Certified Childbirth Educator (ICCE) since 1993. She received her certification as an ICEA Birth Doula (ICBD) in 1997. In 2005, she became a registered nurse after completing coursework at Vanderbilt University. She completed advanced training in women’s health at both Vanderbilt and Frontier University. She has been training childbirth educators and birth doulas for ICEA since 2012. In 2019-2020 she serves as ICEA President. She is married and has six adult children.

A Birthworker’s Introduction to Mental Health in the Childbearing Years

This short presentation is a very basic introduction to mental health during the childbearing years. It is geared toward those who are beginning their journey into birth work as childbirth educators and doulas. The most common mental health issues are described. Also included are some helpful, practical tips that birth workers can share with families.

At the end of this session, you’ll be able to:

  • Describe the most common perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) and their typical signs and symptoms
  • Distinguish between postpartum “blues” and postpartum depression
  • Discuss practical helps for PMADs appropriate for those who are not mental health professionals

Contact Hour: 0.5