Living after Birth Trauma

One in three mothers describe their births as traumatic and about one in ten develop postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder. Birth trauma is a modern health crisis that is impacting the lives of families from every walk of life.

Research informs us that there are specific risk factors that can be mitigated through trauma informed practices. Further, mothers can heal throughout the prenatal period with targeted strategies that address prior trauma, brain chemistry and empowerment and relationships. The birth professional can play a significant role in supporting healing and preventing trauma.

The time is now to address this growing health crisis. This workshop will equip mothers-of-trauma to understand their experience and to provide them with proven strategies for healing. It will provide her maternity team with the information they need to understand how birth trauma is experienced by their clients and how they can provide trauma informed care.

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identifying risk factors

The birth of a baby is too often experienced as traumatic. Whether or not the mother develops postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder depends on a host of factors. This workshop explores the risk factors for developing PTSD after a traumatic birth. But more than that, it provides the mother and her circle of support with proven strategies that lessens the possibility that she will have a traumatic experience or that she will develop the symptoms of PTSD. Understanding risk factors is a significant part of providing trauma informed care and making choices that are best for you and your clients. 

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traumatic brain injury

Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder can change the course of one's family and life. The effects of trauma can alter your physiology, your cognitions, your memory, your relationships, and more. Understanding the science behind the symptoms provides you with the information you need to begin healing. Your brain has experienced an injury and it requires specific support to heal. You'll learn what happens to the brain when it experiences a traumatic injury. But more importantly, you'll learn what helps to heal this brain injury by learning the science behind various therapeutic modalities, medications, nutrition and more.

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secondary wounding- healing strategies

Living after trauma means dealing with those who would like you to ignore your experience and accept that "at least you have a healthy baby". However, you matter. Secondary wounding is often more painful and debilitating than the original traumatic event. In this workshop you'll learn how secondary wounding influences the development of postpartum PTSD and how birth professionals can use their language to support healing rather than add insult to injury. A healthy baby depends on a healthy mother. You'll learn how peer support can pave the way for healing as you make sense of your experience and learn that you matter.