Embedding Trauma Informed Care in Maternity Services

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Webinar resources from the Embedding Trauma Informed Care in Maternity Services, WCYPF webinar which was hosted on Monday 26th February 2024.  These resources will be available until Monday 30 September 2024.

Webinar Details
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The Women, Children, Young People and Families (WYCPF) team at NHS Education for Scotland (NES) were delighted to host a webinar on Embedding Trauma Informed Care in Maternity Services offering an opportunity for CPD and collaborative learning. 

This webinar aimed to:

  • Raise awareness of the National Trauma Transformation Programme (NTTP)
  • Highlight the importance of Trauma Informed Maternity Services for families with lived experience of trauma
  • Share learning from the Maternity Trauma Informed Pathfinder project on:
    • The phased approach of implementation
    • Leading Trauma Informed change in Maternity Services
  • Provide early insight from the Pathfinders 3 priority areas:
    • Workforce wellbeing
    • Workforce development
    • Screening, documentation, and care plan development
  • Share learning from embedding Psychological Support in Maternity and Neonatal Services


  • Justine Craig (Chair)
    • Chief Midwifery Officer - Scottish Government
  • Lorraine Farrow
    • Senior Educator - NHS Education for Scotland
  • Lindsay Stevenson 
    • Head of Trauma-Informed Organisational Change - Scottish Government
  • Sally Jowett
    • Principle Educator - NHS Education for Scotland
  • Joanne Morrison
    • Community Midwife/Lead Midwife for Clinical Supervision - NHS Grampian
  • Jennifer MacDonald
    • Clinical Psychologist MNPI - NHS Forth Valley
  • Gillian Strachan
    • Consultant Clinical Psychologist Clinical Lead - Infant Mental Health Service & MNPI - NHS Grampian

Target Audience:

Practitioners who provide support and care during pregnancy and post-natal period. 


Presentation Slides and Video

PDF copy of the PowerPoint presentation, which was shown at the webinar. Please click on download to view the PDF.

Webinar Recording

This webinar recording is in two parts and can be viewed below.  There were three animations and a YouTube video which were shared during the webinar and these can be viewed separately using the video tiles below.

Part One


Part Two

Trauma Informed Maternity Care

As part of the National Trauma Transformation Programme (NTTP), Maternity Pathfinder projects, there has been a range of activities to hear the voice of those with lived experience of trauma to help inform maternity service plans of change in their journey to embed trauma-informed practice. The three animations were created through a one-to-one session with the new mum’s, who were keen to share their personal experience to help inform change for future families.

My Trauma & Pregnancy Experience

This animation shares the impact of complex trauma’s, throughout the woman’s childhood and into her adulthood, on her pregnancy experience and emotional wellbeing. She provides key recommendations for the maternity workforce that would improve care for families.

PTSD & My Pregnancy

This animation share’s the story from a woman with diagnosed complex post traumatic stress disorder and her reflection on her pregnancy experience, with her perinatal period being recognised as a pivotal time in her recovery. She highlights the psychological impact of trauma on individual’s responses and the importance for the workforce to have an understanding and embed trauma-informed practice within their care.

My Pregnancy & Birth Experience

This animation highlights how the impact of a significant trauma event can be triggered during a pregnancy and can escalate anxieties throughout their maternity care. Demonstrating the importance of embedding trauma-informed principles in all care provided.

Pathfinder Learning Report

Maternity Services, Transforming Psychological Trauma - Pathfinder Report. Please click on download to view the report.

The Government publication can be viewed on their web page by clicking the link below:

National Trauma Transformation Programme: Trauma-Informed Maternity Services Pathfinders - Learning Report - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

Additional Video

Pathway 2: What are Maternity and Neonatal Psychological Interventions Teams? How can they help me?

This video was played during Embedding Psychological Support in Maternity & Neonatal Services presentation.