North West Birth Trauma Conference



Come and join likeminded people passionate about birth, maternity care and mental health! This will be a really informative day raising awareness of Birth Trauma, focussing on detection, treatment, support and importantly prevention.

Hopefully this interesting day will inspire you to raise awareness of birth trauma in your spheres of influence, and expand and develop your practice in detection and prevention.

This day is suitable for a wide variety of health professionals, birth trauma survivors and people interested in this area.

Collaboration, sharing knowledge and partnering is key in impacting change. Let’s move forward together, opening doors for change in our areas!!!

Below is information about some of the amazing speakers presenting at the event, info will be updated regularly:

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Jenny Patterson: Midwife and Researcher

Jenny qualified as a midwife in 2007 and has worked within the NHS and independently. Jenny’s work with women resulted in awareness, and subsequent particular interest, in women’s traumatic birth experiences. Since 2008, Jenny has been part of an international group of midwives, and midwifery researchers and lecturers. Through workshops and surveys across the UK and Ireland, this group has explored midwives’ needs with regard to stress and trauma. Following completion of trauma management training in 2014, Jenny has led workshops for both women and midwives. Jenny is undertaking a PhD exploring post traumatic stress disorder in connection with childbirth. Jenny is the mother of four grown up sons and loves cycling and working on her allotment. At the conference she hopes to talk about PTSD and how it effects midwives and patients.


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Professor Andrew Weeks: Obstetrician and Researcher

Andrew Weeks is Professor of International Maternal Health Care at the University of Liverpool. He is Director of both the Sanyu Research Unit and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Research and Research Synthesis. Although brought up in Kenya, he had his undergraduate and postgraduate medical training around Yorkshire. In 2001 he returned to East Africa for 2 years as visiting lecturer in O&G at Makerere University in Uganda. In 2003 he joined the University of Liverpool as first clinical lecturer, then senior lecturer before being awarded a personal chair in 2011. He is also honorary consultant obstetrician at Liverpool Women’s Hospital, one of the UK’s largest obstetric units. Andrew Weeks’ primary interest is in the translation of maternity care from high to low resource settings. He has a particular interest in misoprostol, postpartum haemorrhage and the management of labour. He has over 150 publications to his name and currently runs clinical trials in the UK, Uganda and India, funded by the MRC, Welcome Trust, DFID and NIHR. Andrew also works in Birth Trauma research and has recently written a paper on language used in Birth and will be talking about “Humanising Birth- does the language we use matter?”.

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Mary Goodchild: Counsellor, Midwife, peer support worker

A specialist practitioner with the PSS Parent and baby wellness service. Mary’s background is in midwifery, adult education and counselling. With a special interest in birth trauma,  Mary provides one to one home visits for traumatised parents who have been referred into the PSS service. In response to clients’ feedback she has developed a 6 week psychoeducational programme providing not only professional psychological support but also peer support to those who have been affected by traumatic birth. In addition, Mary works for the Roadpeace charity facilitating a support group and a Resilience Building course for those bereaved by road traffic crashes. Mary lives on the Wirral, is married with 2 grown up children and volunteers for Safe Families for Children and for the Chester Diocesan Counselling Service. Her hobbies include walking, book club and modern jive.


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Doctor Becca Moore: Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist

Doctor Becca Moore is a Perinatal Psychiatrist who has a special interest in birth trauma and PTSD and is our keynote speaker. She has been working in the perinatal field for over twenty years. Becca works in the NHS and privately and hosts an annual birth trauma conference in London. She trained in Liverpool and lived in Liverpool for six years so is thrilled to be coming back to visit and speak! She has two children who she adores and her role as a mum continually informs her practise at work. Becca is passionate about the role of food and exercise to promote good mental health and is training to be an Integrative health practitioner.She is yoga obsessed and also loves boxing and walking, reading, travelling and eating good food.

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Gill Houghton: Consultant Midwife Liverpool Women’s

Gill Houghton is Consultant Midwife at Liverpool Women’s NHS Trust. Gill has a special interest in supporting women who have previously experienced a traumatic birth and runs several Birth Choices Clinics every week. These clinics provide women with an opportunity to learn and understand more about the events that took place around the time of their traumatic birth. It is also a place where women can learn more about local support services, options for future births and methods of increasing birth confidence.

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Doctor Mark Barsoum: Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist

Mark is a Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist for Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust, based at Liverpool Women’s Hospital.  His team provides specialist perinatal mental health care for women and families in Merseyside.  He is passionate about providing excellent, evidence based care to this population of women who are high risk of severe illness and until recently have not all been able to access this care. 

Mark has been a Consultant Psychiatrist since 2016 and a member of the regional perinatal network.  He enjoys providing training to people of all disciplines in Merseyside and the North West.  Mark also loves being a dad of two, going on days out with the family, travelling, cooking and playing football.


Laura Wood
Laura Wood: Writer, speaker, campaigner

Laura Wood is a mother with lived experience of birth trauma and complex PTSD, who works with various organisations as a writer, speaker, and campaigner for better maternal mental health. She is a champion for the Maternal Mental Health Alliance’s Everyone’s Business campaign, a lived experience facilitator for the Mind/McPin Foundation project to develop quality assurance principles for maternal mental health peer support, and will be co-chair of Southampton’s new Maternity Voices Partnership. She has a four-year-old son and, in her other life, is an early career researcher in late medieval history.



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