Friday, December 20, 2019
9:00–11:30 a.m.


Adelphi University
Alumni House Board Room
154 Cambridge Avenue
Garden City, New York 11530

Breakfast for Babies – The Impact of Trauma: Mothers and Babies in the Perinatal Period

Please join us for this is extra-special Breakfast for Babies! It marks New York Zero-To-Three Network (NYZTT) joining with NYS-AIMH to bring this important event to infancy professionals throughout New York State!

Mickey Sperlich will join us from 9:30 -10:30 am, followed by facilitated discussion. Mickey, an assistant professor at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, is a midwife with decades of experience, and a researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges on women’s childbearing and postpartum experiences and outcomes. She became interested in research in order to better understand the needs of her midwifery clients who were trauma survivors. Her first research project culminated in the book Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse, which was named the 2008 Book of the Year by the American College of Nurse Midwives. Sperlich has taken part in several trauma-focused perinatal studies and is co-author of a psychosocial intervention for pregnant survivors of abuse, the “Survivor Moms’ Companion.” She completed her PhD with a dual title in Social Work and Infant Mental Health at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, in 2014.

Mickey says: “My research is centered on furthering our understanding of how trauma and mental health challenges can affect a woman’s experience of pregnancy, birth, and parenting. I am also dedicated to developing trauma-specific interventions to promote healthy parenting and interrupt cycles of violence and psychiatric vulnerability.”

Pre-registration is required to attend.

Register Here!

This event marks an initial collaboration between New York State Association for Infant Mental Health and the New York Zero-to-Three Network.

For further information, please contact:

The Institute for Parenting
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