AAIMH WA Presents:

A Birth Trauma Case Study: Impacts on Maternal and Infant Mental Health & The Unspoken Role of Attachment Trauma in Birth Trauma

Date:      Wednesday 1
st May 2024
Time:      5:30pm 
for networking with refreshments, followed by presentations at 6:00pm    
Venue:    Ngala, 9 George St, Kensington (and available online)

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Dr Amy McAlpine is a Clinical and Forensic Psychologist who has worked in private and government settings for over 17 years. Throughout her clinical experience and since becoming a parent herself, Amy developed a specific interest in the perinatal period and established her niche perinatal practice, Wise Perinatal Services, in 2021. She now works almost exclusively with individuals and couples throughout their perinatal journey. Amy is also a Hypnobirthing Australia Certified Practitioner and teaches both the Positive Birth Program and Positive Caesarean Program. Amy is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (ANZAAPL), and is also a member of the Centre for Perinatal Psychology and the Australian Association for Infant Mental Health.

About Amy's Presentation
Amy’s presentation will use a case study to illustrate how birth trauma extends beyond simply the presence or absence of birth injury, impacting the mother’s psychology and the trajectory of the mother’s transition into parenthood. The case study will explore how these impacts affect the mother’s developing motherhood mindset, her reflective capacity, and the mother-infant dyad.

Fiona Rogerson, a Perinatal and Trauma Counsellor brings a wealth of expertise to her  work supporting individuals through trauma recovery and resolution. With tertiary qualifications in counselling, certifications in the provision of EMDR therapy, and memberships in key professional associations, Fiona is dedicated to excellence in the  field of perinatal mental health. Drawing from her personal journey through parenthood, marked by both joy and challenges, including experiences of loss, trauma and postnatal depression, Fiona's passion for supporting others is deeply rooted. As a certified birth and postnatal Doula and childbirth educator, with over a decade of experience, she has empowered numerous individuals and couples through childbirth, recognising a need for comprehensive support surrounding perinatal and birth-related trauma. In 2019, Fiona founded her private counselling practice, which has since expanded to multiple locations and online services, offering tailored support in trauma recovery Australia-wide through her unique RISE framework. 

About Fiona's Presentation
Fiona’s presentation delves into the interplay between unresolved attachment trauma and birth trauma for women, focusing on the retriggering of attachment wounds around themes of abandonment, failure, and lack of control, and the impact of this on both mother and infant. By exploring this relationship, we can deepen our understanding of how birth trauma can shape an individual's psychological and emotional well-being. 

Infant Mental Health Competencies
Theoretical Foundations - 1) Attachment, separation, trauma, grief & loss, 2) Relationship-focused practice.

Please consider joining AAIMH Western Australia to build on your knowledge of Infant Mental Health https://www.aaimh.org.au/membership/how-to-join/.