If you are a professional looking for additional information and support around serving pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors I commend you. Working with and through trauma is not easy, but it is important.
It's important because you encounter childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors in your work on a regular basis. The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that 1 in 5 adult females were sexually abused or assaulted as a child; although quite disheartening, this means that statistically you are serving childhood sexual abuse survivors in your practice.
Supporting your clients/patients in working with and through their trauma is also important because a trauma history can bring up a lot (physically, mentally, and emotionally) for someone during their pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey. You being sensitive to and trained in how to help your client/patient with a history of sexual (or other form of) trauma can significantly change their experience for the better.
Although addressing a history of abuse or trauma may not seem like what your clients envision doing during their pregnancy and postpartum period, for a survivor to use this transformative time in their life to heal and prevent further traumatization can significantly improve their life and their children(s)' lives. And you can be an important part of that.
I offer professionals different ways to increase their skills for serving pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors:
For more information on any of these offerings, please click on the appropriate link above. And please feel free to contact me if you have questions or want additional information.