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27th Annual Martha Browning Bryant Memorial Lecture

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OHSU Robertson Life Sciences Building

2730 Southwest Moody Avenue

Portland, OR 97201

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Trauma-Informed Sexual and Reproductive Health

This year’s Martha Browning Bryant Memorial Lecture will explore the implications of trauma for both patients and providers in the context of sexual and reproductive health. Midwives and other allied providers will learn both theory and practical considerations for racially and gender inclusive implementation of trauma-informed care into their clinical practice and organizational cultures.


About Martha
Martha was a treasured member of the Portland midwifery community who was tragically murdered on her way home from a birth in 1992. The Martha Browning Bryant Memorial Lecture has been held annually to honor her memory and remember her spirit.

Continuing Education

This live activity, the 27th Annual Martha Browning Bryant Memorial Lecture: Trauma-Informed Sexual and Reproductive Health, starting 10/12/2019, is in process of being reviewed for continuing education credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Full details on number of credits available will be provided closer to the date of the event. Providers should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


7:30am-8:00am Registration/breakfast

8:00am-9:30am Overview of Trauma-Informed Care; Terri Pettersen, MD

9:30am-10:00am Break

10:00am-11:30am Introduction to Race-Based Trauma; Shilo George, MS

11:30am-12:45pm Lunch

12:45pm-2:15pm Trauma-Informed Pelvic Care; Stephanie Tillman, MSN, CNM

2:15pm-2:30pm Break

2:35pm-3:30pm Interpersonal Neurobiology of Birth and NICU Trauma; Fawn McCool, LCSW

3:30pm-4:30pm Mindfulness and Trauma Resilience for Providers; Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT

Presenters and Biographies

Terri Petterson, MD

Teri Pettersen practiced as a general pediatrician at The Children’s Clinic in Portland for 26 years. She currently works as a trainer for mental health topics regarding children and youth. She is the pediatric consultant for OPAL-K (Oregon Psychiatric Access Line About Kids) and serves on the leadership committee of Trauma Informed Oregon.

Shilo George, MS

Shilo George, MS is Southern Cheyenne-Arapaho and Scottish international speaker, trainer, and owner of Łush Kumtux Tumtum Consulting, which means “a great awakening of the heart and spirit” in the Chinuk Wawa trade language. She has over 20 years experience working in a variety of social work environments providing services to a diversity of community members. She interweaves cultural traditions and spirituality with anti-oppressive and decolonizing lenses to promote healing and empowerment in herself and others in the communities she is a part of. Her workshops and presentations explore the intersections of race, sexuality, body size, and trauma. Shilo trains others on systems of oppression, trauma informed care, and proactive ways that businesses and organizations can create policies and environments that that promote inclusion, diversity, and healing. Shilo received her Bachelor of Science in Art Practices in 2012 and a Masters of Science in Educational Leadership and Policy with a specialization in Postsecondary Adult and Continuing Education in 2017, both from Portland State University.

Stephanie Tillman, MS, CNM

Stephanie Tillman (pronouns: she/her) is a midwife at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She completed her undergraduate degree in Global Health and Medical Anthropology at the University of Michigan, and her graduate degree in midwifery at Yale University. She serves on the Boards of Directors of Nurses for Sexual and Reproductive Health and the Midwest Access Project, and is the former Chair of ACNM's Gender Equity Task Force. Stephanie blogs under the name Feminist Midwife, and through that blog and her clinical practice seeks to engage providers and consumers in conversations about sex positivity, reproductive justice, queer care, empowerment and power-transfer, trauma-informed care, consent and values clarification. Find her on social media @FeministMidwife.

Fawn McCool, LCSW

Fawn McCool, LCSW, is based in Portland, Oregon. Fawn received her bachelor’s degree from Columbia College Chicago and her Master of Social Work degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She holds certification in Interpersonal Neurobiology through Portland State University. She is the creator of Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) of Perinatal Mood Disorders and Birth Trauma, an online training for professionals that explores the impact PMAD's and trauma have on the embodied brain and attachment and bonding process as well as interventions for healing the mother-infant dyad.

Fawn offers clinical, therapeutic services through Portland Mental Health & Counseling and volunteers with NICU Families Northwest and Baby Blues Connection.

Fawn is the mother of two girls, the oldest of which was born prematurely at 29 weeks. After spending 8 weeks in a southern California NICU, followed by years of battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Fawn vowed that she would work to change mental health outcomes for NICU parents nationwide through advocacy and education.

Catherine Orzech, MA, LMFT

Catherine Polan Orzech, MA, LMFT, has worked in the field of mind body wellness for almost two decades and has taught Mindfulness since 2000. She’s been on faculty at some of the country’s leading Mindfulness Institutes and continues to be a pioneer in the field of Mindfulness and Self-Compassion research. Currently she is an assistant professor at Oregon Health Science University in a dual appointment with OBGYN and Psychiatry specializing in mental health for perinatal and sexual medicine.

In addition to teaching Mindfulness-Based Interventions in clinical environments, educational facilities and in the community, she works with individuals and couples in her private therapy practice. Catherine is the author of “Mindfulness for Insomnia” and is currently working on a second book of mindfulness practices and contemplations for well-being.

Student Midwife Reception and ACNM Affiliate Meeting

The Student Midwife Reception is at 6:00 pm ($12/students free) Saturday, November 2, 2019, followed by the meeting at 7:30 pm at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Nursing, 3455 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR.

Please consider making a donation to our Carol Howe Scholarship Fund or the Marc Huggins Compassionate Support Fund.

Planning Committee

Co-Chairs: Ariel Brantley-Dalglish and Lena Soo Hee Wood

Registrar: Sally Hersh

Continuing Education Goddess: Alissa McMaken-Roberts

Logistics Coordinator: Lisa Scott

Foundation Treasurer: Leah Peterson

Foundation Representative and Emcee: Kate Pelosi

Special thanks to ACNM Oregon Affiliate President Lori Swain

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