Join The Mental Health Association of Westchester for a special Breakfast for Babies interactive webinar. Focusing on trauma in the perinatal period and the mental health and well-being of both infants and mothers, this online meeting will be hosted in our Tarrytown office.
Friday, December 20th
9:00 am - 11:30 am
Please arrive 10 minutes early
580 White Plains Road, Suite 510
Tarrytown, NY 10591
Leading the meeting will be Mickey Sperlich, a midwife with decades of experience, and a researcher who studies the effects of trauma and mental health challenges on women’s child bearing and post-partum 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 America 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.
"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." ~ Mickey Sperlich