Pregnancy Massage Australia®

Pregnancy, Labour and Postnatal Virtual Conference

15th August 2021

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Pregnancy Massage Australia’s second biennial Pregnancy, Labour and Postnatal Conference is taking place on Sunday 15 August 2021. It will be a one-day virtual conference, enjoyed from the comfort and safety of your own home.

The theme of the conference is ‘Broadening your horizons on challenges in pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period’, and will provide a digital platform where therapists can collaborate, educate and participate with other like-minded therapists.

The conference has an expert line up of national and international speakers. Some of the very relevant topics they will be covering are the effects of sexual abuse and trauma on the brain, pregnancy and birth, domestic and family violence during pregnancy and the postnatal period, physical birth trauma, psychological birth trauma and mother burnout.

CONFERENCE TOPICS

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Physical Birth Trauma

What is physical birth trauma, and what impact does it have ton the new mother and father? We will explore that resources health care professional can use to provide support to women experiencing physical birth trauma.

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The effects of sexual abuse and trauma

How does sexual abuse affect the brain, pregnancy and the birthing period? We will delve into the common challenges experienced by the caregiver of a sexual abuse survivor, specifically relating to childhood sexual abuse, child maltreatment, adverse childhood events, and post traumatic growth.

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Mummy Burnout

What is mummy burnout and how does it present? In this session, Dr Sheryl Zielger will provide tips, advice and resources for practitioners and healthcare providers to use to support their clients in-clinic.

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Psychological Birth Trauma

Learn more about what psychological birth trauma is, its incidence and causes, the signs and symptoms to look out for, as well as treatment options and resources for therapists to pass on to their clients.

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Physical Birth Trauma

What is physical birth trauma, and what impact does it have ton the new mother and father? We will explore that resources health care professional can use to provide support to women experiencing physical birth trauma.

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The effects of sexual abuse and trauma

How does sexual abuse affect the brain, pregnancy and the birthing period? We will delve into the common challenges experienced by the caregiver of a sexual abuse survivor, specifically relating to childhood sexual abuse, child maltreatment, adverse childhood events, and post traumatic growth.

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Mummy Burnout

What is mummy burnout and how does it present? In this session, Dr Sheryl Zielger will provide tips, advice and resources for practitioners and healthcare providers to use to support their clients in-clinic.

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Psychological Birth Trauma

Learn more about what psychological birth trauma is, its incidence and causes, the signs and symptoms to look out for, as well as treatment options and resources for therapists to pass on to their clients.

OUR SPEAKERS

Kathleen Baird,, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Dr Kathleen Baird

Professor of Midwifery at University of Technology Sydney

Liz Skinner, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Dr Elizabeth Skinner

Medical Researcher, Co-Founder Australasian Birth Trauma Association and owner of Birth Trauma Consultancy

Jenn Fontaine, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Jenn Fontaine

One of Canada’s leading DONA International birth doula trainers

Shannon Kane, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Shannon Kane

Registered Social Worker and owner of the Birth Narratives Private Practice in Canada

Dr Sheryl Ziegler, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Dr Sheryl Ziegler

Psychologist and author of “Mommy Burnout”

The 2021 Pregnancy, Labour and Postnatal Virtual Conference delivers

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Collaboration

Do you want to network and connect with like-minded therapists?

Make connections and collaborate with therapists who have the same passion for helping women during pregnancy, labour, the postpartum period and motherhood.

Education

Do you want to improve your massage treatments?

Increase your knowledge and understanding of some of the psychosocial aspects of pregnancy, the postpartum period and motherhood to better tailor treatment to your client diverse needs.

Participation

Do you want to take part in making a difference in women’s lives during the perinatal and postnatal periods and into motherhood?

Increase your knowledge of resources available to you and your clients so that you will be able to help meet their needs and make a real difference in their lives.

Expansion

Do you want to become a better therapist?

Increase your understanding and empathy for pregnant and postnatal women who are experiencing trauma and mothers struggling with motherhood.

Connection

Are you a professional who wants to create connections with other women’s health and obstetric professionals?

Learn how to recognise the signs and symptoms of trauma and abuse, referral options and tools that you and other health professionals can collaboratively provide to care for these women.

What our attendees said about the 2019 Conference

Learning new information to continually aim to become a better therapist and updating/reminding myself of information and techniques that I may have forgotten was valuable to me.

The variety of topics presented was my favourite aspect of the conference. There was minimal double-ups and each topic deeply captured my attention and held it for the duration of the presentation.

The most valuable thing to me was connecting with a room full of like-minded therapists, as well as techniques covered were a good reminder and will be able to be applied in clinic. Anne’s presentation on mental health was fantastic – a great reminder that the work we’re doing helps mentally, as well as physically, and this can have long lasting impacts on Mum and baby!

I think more needs to be known about mental health when dealing with pregnancy and I found it really inspiring and made me more considerate.

MEET THE ORGANISERS

Catherine McInerny, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Catherine McInerney

Director and Founder of Pregnancy Massage Australia®, Pregnancy and Postnatal Massage Educator and Clinician. 

Catherine McInerney is Australia’s leading educator on Pregnancy Massage, Massage for Labour & Partner Support and Postnatal Massage. Catherine’s education and training spans over 20 years, and her wealth of experience continues to grow as she develops her training platforms, offering a ‘woman-centered focus’ that enables therapists to obtain the best outcome of treatment for their pregnant clients.

Dr Sarah Fogarty, organiser of the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2020 Conference

Dr Sarah Fogarty

Adjunct fellow at Western Sydney University, Clinician, Founder of The Helping Hands Project and researcher with Pregnancy Massage Australia®.

Dr Sarah Fogarty has been in practice for over 19 years and works in a clinic with a pre and postnatal focus. She has published over 20 papers including papers on pregnancy massage and safety and fertility massage. Sarah is also the founder of Helping Hands, a program that provides free massage treatments for parents who have experienced miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal loss.

OUR SPEAKERS

Jenn Fontaine, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Jenn Fontaine

Jenn Fontaine is a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer, Certified Birth and Postpartum Doula, a certified Lamaze Educator and accredited Lamaze Program Director based out of Winnipeg in Canada.

In 2016, Jenn was given the honour of being inducted as an FACCE (Fellow of the Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators), a fitting recognition of her significant contribution to childbirth education and her effort to promote safe and healthy birth through evidence-based practice. Jenn is passionate about passing along her knowledge to families and other doulas.

In Jenn’s’ presentation you will be learn about the effects sexual abuse and trauma has on the brain, pregnancy and birthing period. She will discuss the common challenges experienced by the caregiver of a sexual abuse survivor in the context of childhood sexual abuse, child maltreatment, adverse childhood events, and post traumatic growth. She will examine how sexual abuse impacts labour and birth. Special focus will be given to your role as a provider in minimising these effects throughout pregnancy and postpartum through modifying techniques and language to adapt to the sexual abuse survivor.

Her presentation is designed to provide insight and an action plan for the therapist who mindfully practices on the birthing population.

On completion of her presentation you will be able to:

  • Understand the effects of sexual abuse and trauma on the brain
  • Recognise the effects of childhood sexual abuse on pregnancy and the birthing period
  • Create a framework on how you can support survivors as a provider
  • Evaluate how we can support others when we are survivors.

Dr Kathleen Baird

Dr Kathleen Baird has been a midwife since 1996 and has clinical and academic experience which stretches over two continents. She is currently a professor of midwifery and researcher at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Director of the Midwifery, Maternal and Child Health Research Centre. Dr Baird’s work has a strong focus on maternity care, the health response to domestic and family violence and women’s health. Her current appointments include Deputy Chair of the Queensland Domestic and Family Death and Homicide Review Board.

Kathleen’s presentation will cover:

  • The prevalence of domestic and family during pregnancy and in the postnatal period
  • The effects of domestic and family violence during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period
  • The impact of DFV on a new mother and newborn infant
  • The common challenges experienced by the healthcare provider (focus for massage therapist and midwives)
  • How health care professionals can recognise DFV
  • What resources health care professionals can use to support pregnant women and new mothers experiencing DFV.
Kathleen Baird,, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference
Kathleen Baird,, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Dr Kathleen Baird

Dr Kathleen Baird has been a midwife since 1996 and has clinical and academic experience which stretches over two continents. She is currently a professor of midwifery and researcher at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Director of the Midwifery, Maternal and Child Health Research Centre. Dr Baird’s work has a strong focus on maternity care, the health response to domestic and family violence and women’s health. Her current appointments include Deputy Chair of the Queensland Domestic and Family Death and Homicide Review Board.

Kathleen’s presentation will cover:

  • The prevalence of domestic and family during pregnancy and in the postnatal period
  • The effects of domestic and family violence during pregnancy, birth and the postnatal period
  • The impact of DFV on a new mother and newborn infant
  • The common challenges experienced by the healthcare provider (focus for massage therapist and midwives)
  • How health care professionals can recognise DFV
  • What resources health care professionals can use to support pregnant women and new mothers experiencing DFV.
Liz Skinner, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Dr Elizabeth M Skinner

Elizabeth (or Liz as she is known) is a registered midwife, registered nurse and a researcher. She is an International speaker and author on childbirth trauma and the Co-Founder of the Australasian Birth Trauma Association. Liz is also a Trustee/expert to the UK Birth Trauma Association and undertook her PhD on physical birth trauma.

Liz’s original research places her at the forefront of understanding the link between physical and psychological effects of traumatic vaginal birth damage. Her unique insight into adverse consequences of pelvic organ prolapse, urinary and bowel impairment, sexual dysfunction and PTSD after childbirth, provides a substantial contribution to the world-wide literature on birth trauma. Expertise has involved substantial work with international imaging experts, urogynaecologists and perinatal psychologists.

Notable research findings have enabled Liz to possess in-depth knowledge of birth damage attributed to a recently re-discovered pelvic floor structure, known as the levator ani muscle, that detaches from the pubic bone during complicated vaginal deliveries. Currently, she works with women, partners and clinicians to improve postnatal outcomes of this damage that, is shown to be more serious than previously realised, poorly identified and confused with the more well-known perineal tearing.

Liz’s presentation will look at what physical birth trauma is and the impact of physical birth trauma on the new mother and the father. Liz will also examine what resources health care professionals can use to provide support to women experiencing physical birth trauma.

Dr Sheryl Ziegler

Sheryl Ziegler, Psy.D. holds a Doctor of Psychology, is an author, speaker, national media contributor, non-profit board member and advocate for children. She has been treating children and families for over twenty years with areas of expertise in anxiety, trauma, divorce, stress management and depression. Dr. Ziegler is the author of the bestselling book, ‘Mommy Burnout: how to reclaim your life and raise healthier children in the process’, the winner of Best Parenting Book of 2018 as awarded by International Latino Book Awards.

She has appeared as a mental health expert in 100+ news related shows and publications including The Today Show with Megyn Kelly, The Katie Couric Show, NBC Nightly News, The Jenny McCarthy Show and HLN. In Colorado, she is a regular contributor on FOX31, CW channel 2, and NBC 9News. Articles she has contributed to have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Yahoo, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, Parents, Huffington Post and more. She also hosts a popular podcast called ‘Dr. Sheryl’s PodCouch’.

Born as a first generation Cuban American, Dr. Ziegler draws from her early childhood in New York City to her childhood years being raised in a blended family in upstate New York to relate to kids and families of diverse backgrounds. These unique life experiences have created incredible perspectives on parenting and embracing the best in all children. She is known for her compassion, dedication and clinical skills in treating her clients as well as for her humour, knowledge and enthusiasm for speaking and teaching.

Dr Ziegler will be presenting on Mommy burnout – what it is, how Mommy burnout presents and tips, advice and resources for practitioners/healthcare providers to use in clinic.

Dr Sheryl Ziegler, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference
Dr Sheryl Ziegler, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Dr Sheryl Ziegler

Sheryl Ziegler, Psy.D. holds a Doctor of Psychology, is an author, speaker, national media contributor, non-profit board member and advocate for children. She has been treating children and families for over twenty years with areas of expertise in anxiety, trauma, divorce, stress management and depression. Dr. Ziegler is the author of the bestselling book, ‘Mommy Burnout: how to reclaim your life and raise healthier children in the process’, the winner of Best Parenting Book of 2018 as awarded by International Latino Book Awards.

She has appeared as a mental health expert in 100+ news related shows and publications including The Today Show with Megyn Kelly, The Katie Couric Show, NBC Nightly News, The Jenny McCarthy Show and HLN. In Colorado, she is a regular contributor on FOX31, CW channel 2, and NBC 9News. Articles she has contributed to have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, TIME, Yahoo, Better Homes and Gardens, Redbook, Parents, Huffington Post and more. She also hosts a popular podcast called ‘Dr. Sheryl’s PodCouch’.

Born as a first generation Cuban American, Dr. Ziegler draws from her early childhood in New York City to her childhood years being raised in a blended family in upstate New York to relate to kids and families of diverse backgrounds. These unique life experiences have created incredible perspectives on parenting and embracing the best in all children. She is known for her compassion, dedication and clinical skills in treating her clients as well as for her humour, knowledge and enthusiasm for speaking and teaching.

Dr Ziegler will be presenting on Mommy burnout – what it is, how Mommy burnout presents and tips, advice and resources for practitioners/healthcare providers to use in clinic.

Shannon Kane, speaker at the Pregnancy Massage Australia 2021 Conference

Shannon Kane

Shannon Kane is a Registered Social Worker in Calgary, Alberta. She earned her master’s degree of Social Work at the University of Calgary. Shannon is an EMDR trained therapist, and her work is focused on using psychotherapy to support people who have experienced birth trauma, trauma across the lifespan and prenatal/postpartum mental health.

She has worked in the area of perinatal mental health and trauma for the past 12 years in settings including­­ a school for young mothers, outreach mental health, mental health clinics and she now runs a private practice called ‘Birth Narratives’ in Canada. ­­Shannon is passionate about supporting families during the childbearing years and keeps busy with her 2 young children.

Shannon will be covering the following in her presentation:

  • What is psychological birth trauma?
  • What does the research say about psych­ological birth trauma?
  • What is the incidence of psychological birth trauma?
  • What are the causes of psychological birth trauma?
  • What are the signs and symptoms to look out for in psychological birth trauma?
  • How does psychological birth trauma differ from depression?
  • What treatment options are available for psychological birth trauma that massage therapists could refer clients to?
  • Resources for massage therapists and or for therapists to pass onto their clients/patients.

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* Early Bird Price ends on 30 June 2021

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