The Impacts of Adverse Prenatal and Birth Events: A Transdisciplinary Approach

Presentations for Professionals and Parents

Another Transdisciplinary Series for Professionals and Parents on a Paradigm that Includes the Baby's Experience

Six Lectures plus a panel discussion

The Adverse Childhood Experiences study revealed how a subset of experiences in our human lives could create an array of challenges, the greater the amount of these "adversities," the greater the chance that our learning, health and relationships would be disrupted. These challenges included events in categories such as abuse, neglect and household dysfunction in early childhood.

Professionals in the field of fetal medicine, birth and prenatal and perinatal somatic psychology have identified another set of adverse experiences that occur prenatally, during or after birth. In this pioneering series, you will meet highly trained professionals and parents who want to share their passion with you around models of care, experiences, and wisdom around pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and more. You will hear stories of strength and humility, and a you will look through a lens into the world of families and babies like you have not seen before. Early adverse events create their own set of neurodevelopmental challenges. We can heal them, and we can also prevent them. Come, enjoy the passion and expertise from this talented panel.

The transdisciplinary approach invites us to work together for positive change. Our panel includes:

  • Session 1: Gianluca Ursini, MD, PhD, The Seeds of Mental Health May Be Planted in Early Life, but Good Gardeners Will Make the Difference
  • Session 2: Darcia Narvaez, PhD, The Evolved Nest and Baby ACEs
  • Session 3: Marti Glenn, PhD, Finding Resilience: The Impacts of Adverse Early Experiences and How We Can Foster Resilience in Ourselves, Our Families and Our Clients
  • Session 4: Veronique Mead, MD, MA, SEP, 5 Opportunities to Prevent, Reduce Risk and Heal Chronic Illness: Insights from Adverse Babyhood Experiences (ABEs)
  • Session 5: Sabrina Blau, MBSR, MBA, Mother, A Journey Towards Healing: Transforming an Adverse Birth Experience and Hospital Policies
  • Session 6: Kate White, Towards Maternity Care that Includes the Baby's Experience: 5 First Steps
  • Session 7: Ending Panel with Question and Answer

Two professionals/parents will be respondents to help us with reflection during the ending panel talk:

  • Lois Trezise, CNM
  • Karen Strange, CPM

The roots of health and well-being lie in our prenatal and perinatal life. We know more now than ever before about the impacts of adverse events on pregnancy, birth, bonding and attachment. Let's work together to improve health outcomes during this early period.

Welcome from Kate White

Enjoy Gianluca Ursini!

Enjoy Darcia Narvaez!

Enjoy Veronique Mead!

Enjoy Sabrina Blau

Karen Strange, CPM: A Respondent

Your Instructor

Kate White
Kate White

Kate White is an award-winning educator and an advanced bodyworker. She is trained in somatic therapies, prenatal and perinatal somatic health, lactation, brain development, infant mental health, and has specialized in parent-baby dyad care using somatic prevention and trauma healing approaches for nearly 25 years. She is a mother of two children, holds a BA and MA in Communication, is a Registered Craniosacral Therapist in the Biodynamic Craniosacral method and a Somatic Experiencing® Practitioner. Her work combines somatic trauma healing, energetic therapies, bodywork, pediatric therapies and education about the nervous system to help give families with babies and small children the best possible start. She is Founding Director of Education for the Association for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health where from 2013 – 2019 she created and ran the Prenatal and Perinatal Educator Certificate program, a large online educational program for professionals. She went on to found Prenatal and Perinatal Healing Online and the Prenatal and Perinatal Somatics Institute. She teaches classes online and in person, and offers a training called Integrated Prenatal and Perinatal Dynamics. She has a private practice in Charlottesville, VA called Belvedere Integrated Healing Arts ( and offers her own seminars through the Center for Prenatal and Perinatal Programs,

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
This course was recorded from live lectures and is self-paced, so start and end at times that work for you.
How long do I have access to the course?
You will have lifelong access to the course recordings and handouts.

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