If you are a professional looking for additional information and support around serving pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors I commend you. Working with trauma is not easy, but it is so very important.
It's important because you regularly encounter childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors in your work. The National Center for Victims of Crime reports that at least 20 percent of adult females were sexually abused or assaulted as a child; although a disheartening statistic, it means that you are regularly working with childhood sexual abuse survivors in your practice. When you also include adult sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and/or birth trauma survivors in those statistics the percentage is even higher.
And supporting your clients/patients around working with and through their trauma is 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 aware of how to help your client/patient who has a history of trauma can significantly change their perinatal and parenting experience for the better.
Although a history of abuse or trauma may not seem like what your clients/patients will want to address 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.
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