Birth Trauma Basics

As Professionals, we are becoming more aware of the impact of trauma on the brain, the body and future life experiences.  We are also recognizing that between 25-34% of women will experience their birth as traumatic.  A traumatic birth can have a lifetime of consequences for mother, baby and family throughout the lifetime.  These consequences include:

©       Post-traumatic Stress Syndrome or Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and it’s accompanying symptoms

©       Impaired bonding of mother and infant

©       Cognitive, emotional and social delays of the infant

©       Impaired connection between the couple

©       Impact on future childbearing decisions

In this class, you will

©       Increase your understanding of how previous experiences may increase vulnerability to birth trauma

©       Increase your understanding how treatment by medical staff and other professionals may impact a woman’s experience

©       Learn how interventions can increase risk

©       Learn how partners can increase risk

©       Learn how emotions and neurotransmitters intersect to create or reduce the risk of trauma

As a Professional, you have the opportunity to promote feelings of safety and connection and reduce the risk of trauma.  We will discuss topics to consider including in prenatal visits if you have a client with risk factors, how to reduce risk during the labor experience, communicating effectively with medical professionals and what to do if your client has experienced birth trauma.  We will discuss treatments and modalities that be used to promote healing and well-being, local resources for families and how you can play an active role in promoting wellness for your clients.