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Trauma-Informed Certification

About This Course

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 ANCC accredited course (58.3 CEU’s), 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 becoming a trauma-informed professional, can 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.

Certification: Certified Trauma-Informed Professional

Duration: 2-5 months

Time Limit: None

Delivery: Online & Printed Manuals

Cost: From $425 or 5 payments of $95

Refunds: Full refund within 2 days, less administration fee ($50)

Continuing Education: 58.3 hours (ANCC Approved)

One Payment: US$455 (printed manuals + online access)

Green Option: US$425 (online only – no shipping)

Five Installments: US$101 per month (printed manuals + online access) or US$95 per month (online only)

Payment plans (5 installments) include an administration fee of $10 per month.

If you choose the payment plan and the printed manual option, you will have immediate access to the course manuals on the student website and your paper manuals will be sent to you when the final payment is made.

  • Open book exams
  • Community Services Survey
  • Resources Binder
  • Reflection on learning

Five Payments

US$ 101

per month for 5 monthsPay over five easy monthly installments with online access immediately and your paper manuals will be sent to you when the final payment is made. Monthly payments include an admin fee of $10.

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One Paymentmost popular

US$ 455

single paymentPay one single payment and receive your paper manuals as well as online access through the student website.

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Green Option

$ 425

one paymentBe gentle on the environment! Complete your course online and save money and trees! The Green Option is also available in monthly installments for $95 per month for 5 months.

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Essential Knowledge

  • List ten risk factors for trauma, PTSD, and PPTSD
  • Define obstetric violence according to the Organic Law on the Right of Women to a Life Free of Violence
  • List the five primary characteristics of a traumatic birth
  • Name the eight criteria used by the DSM-V for diagnosing PTSD
  • List the five symptoms of trauma according to the DSM-V
  • List eight effects of trauma and PTSD
  • List five nutrient deficiencies associated with risk for a traumatic brain injury
  • Identify sources of support within the local community for individuals with PTSD
  • Describe the six principles of “trauma-informed care”
  • Identify five elements of empathetic responses to a client divulging trauma
  • Identify the reporting options for institutional abuse locally
  • Identify four healing strategies that are supported by clinical research
  • Describe the nutritional factors that promote healing in the trauma-injured brain
  • List the symptoms of professional “burnout”
  • List the nine organizational strategies that promote clinician engagement and reduce burnout

Understanding and Skills

  • Reflect on healthcare practices that can trigger memories of abuse
  • Reflect on the incidence and impact of birth trauma
  • Evaluate how triggers impact an individual who has experienced trauma
  • Evaluate screening tools used for PTSD
  • Reflect on own limitations in supporting an individual with PTSD and establish methods for referral
  • Evaluate language that can lead to secondary w