Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and their Impact on the Perinatal Experience and the Perinatal Experiences Impact on ACEs

Every mother we serve has a story and that story impacts her pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and mothering experience psycho-socially and physically. Childhood abuse and neglect leaves lifelong scars, while love and support creates resilience. We have a powerful opportunity to influence resilience in the mother and, in turn the newborn which will follow them throughout life. This is a powerful “feel good” presentation based in science!

Colleen Weeks has been a childbirth educator since 1983 and is the Perinatal Education Manager and Bereavement Program Coordinator at Kaiser Permanente in Orange County California where she also serves on the Baby Friendly and Family Violence Prevention teams. Colleen’s passions include the beach, jewelry design, jazz and her faith and family. Colleen is Director of Marketing on the ICEA Board of Directors.

Continuing Education Units: One (1) ICEA Contact Hour, One (1) R-CERP