Impact of Violence on Women in the Perinatal Period

7 December 2021 | Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA


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Kathleen Kendall-Tackett has generously shared her extensive research findings with LLL Leaders, health care providers and IBCLCs working with women in the perinatal period. She has compiled many studies of large groups around the world and has shared many of them with us. She is a family violence researcher, studying the impact of adverse childhood events and partner violence and how these life experiences may affect women physically and mentally.  The women studied ranged from low income mothers to the affluent, all of whom are very much affected by events such as maltreatment as a child, parental impairment, loss of a parent in the first five years of life, divorce, community violence and lack of food, housing and medical care. She explores the many types of abusive experiences and how these may translate into later health issues and behaviors. The information she shares is eye opening for those of us who care for families from all walks of life. You may find her webinar quite thought provoking as you consider your own life experiences and those of the mothers you care for. She asks an important question – why do some people react differently to adversity and abuse and what life factors modify their response?

Her research shares the implications of breastfeeding and nature’s powerful oxytocin in the healing process, suggesting that breastfeeding may play a role in breaking the cycle of abuse experienced in many families. This hour and a half webinar will probably leave you rethinking some of the preconceived ideas you have developed over the years and considering how you can use this knowledge to understand why people may behave the way they do. It is worthwhile pondering.

Registration Fees:

Leaders and Leader Applicants– Webinar without 1 L-CERPs: $8.50

Non-Leaders– Webinar without 1 L-CERPs: $15.50

About Kathleen Kendall-Tackett :

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Psychological Trauma and was Founding Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation, a position she held for 11 years. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of APA’s Publications and Communications Board.

Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2019 President’s Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 470 articles or chapters and is author or editor of 39 books. Her most recent books include Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2017, Routledge UK), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2017, Routledge US, with Lesia Ruglass), and The Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical (2018, Praeclarus). Her forthcoming book is called Breastfeeding Doesn’t Have to Suck (in press, American Psychological Association).