The discussion of birth trauma and being trauma-informed is relatively new, although the experience of birth trauma probably goes as far back as humans have been having babies in the company of others.”Birth Trauma” is an expression that carries a wide range of connotations and understanding. In this course, we will look at the experiences of those who are birthing or parenting after trauma, the impact of PTSD on families, and those who experience birth trauma or obstetric violence. With all of the pressure put on care providers, being able to take this course, learn practical skills to more fully support birthing families, and be a trauma-informed professional, could have a profound impact on how parents experience birth.
This is the first course in the world that specifically covers trauma in relation to pregnancy, birth and parenting. With one-third of birthing individuals describing their births as traumatic, and one in ten parents beginning their journey with PTSD, trauma has a profound impact on the health and wellbeing of families and communities. During this fully evidence based course (with nearly 450 references), you will have the opportunity to reflect on the impact of trauma, PTSD and obstetric violence for the clients you work with and also for you personally and professionally.
Your trainer will be available to support you through the course and beyond. There is a closed Facebook group for you to discuss what you are learning with other students. We know how challenging it can be address the topic of trauma which is why we have integrated self-care breaks throughout the course. We also know that trauma does not just affect the individuals who experience it directly. As a professional, you are at risk of burnout and vicarious trauma – this is why we directly address these issues. We also provide you with practical strategies for implementing trauma-informed care into your own practice or your workplace.
Whether you are a hospital administrator, a midwife, nurse, doctor, doula, breastfeeding counselor or anyone else who is working with families during pregnancy, birth and beyond, this advanced certification course can offer you a comprehensive solution in addressing trauma and ultimately be part of changing maternity care and the experiences of your clients.