Trauma-Informed Professional Training and Certification

About Trauma-Informed Professional Training

The discussion of birth trauma and being trauma-informed is relatively new, as are trauma-informed training programs designed for birth and lactation professionals, 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-informed course, 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 to 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.

If you are unhappy with your course in any way, you can cancel within 48 hours of purchase and receive a full refund (less a $50 administration fee). You can read our refund policy for full details.

This course provides 58.3 hours of continuing education (approved by the American Nurses Credentialing Center).

Certification Requirements

  • Community Services Survey
  • Exams (online, open-book)
  • Resources binder
  • Evaluation of the course

Pricing

FIVE PAYMENTS

US$101/month

  • Five easy payments
  • Immediate course access
  • Printed manuals at end of the plan
  • Admin fee ($10/month)

ONE PAYMENT

US$455

  • One single payment
  • Immediate course access
  • Printed manuals sent immediately
  • No admin fee

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This comprehensive course will provide you with the knowledge and skills to be a trauma-informed professional. The eight modules cover: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder; Effects of Trauma; Risk Factors for Trauma; Obstetric Violence; Nutrition for Trauma Injury; Healing Strategies; Trauma-Informed Professionals; Birthing After Trauma.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Humans have been exposed to traumatizing experiences from the time they were escaping saber-toothed tigers. Until recently though, the expression of PTSD has been poorly understood. Soldiers would return from war with a far-off expression that was called “The 1,000 Yard Stare” or “shell shock.” This condition was considered a character flaw or a weakness in the individual that incapacitated them rather than being a response to an external event. In this module, we will explore what Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is and how it manifests in the individual.

Effects of Trauma

The effects of a traumatic perinatal experience can be far-reaching, affecting the core of an individual’s self-concepts and filtering out into all areas of their lives. An individual experiences a sense of loss: loss of identity, loss of skills, and loss of trust. The impact of trauma also reaches out into their relationships affecting bonding with their baby and intimacy with their partner. Moreover, there are additional health concerns including sleep disturbances, chronic pain, changes in brain functioning, substance abuse, and future obstetric complications. In this module, we will explore the far-reaching effects of trauma and PPTSD.

Risk Factors for Trauma

Fortunately, not everyone who experiences a traumatic event will develop PTSD. In fact, most people do not develop PTSD even after exposure to traumatic events! The prevalence of PTSD after childbirth speaks to some risk factors that may not be found in much of the general population. In this section, we’ll look at some of the risk factors for PTSD and see how these relate to childbirth. We will explore the role that nutritional deficiencies have as a risk factor for developing PTSD and the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s). We will also consider cultural differences that impact how trauma is perceived, expressed or interpreted.

Obstetric Violence

It’s challenging to consider that clients are abused during their birthing experiences. Obstetric violence is an issue that has been discussed throughout the world as both providers and clients have recognized that the treatment of birthing individuals in hospitals can indeed be abusive. This module may be challenging to read for those working within the medical model of childbirth. There are numerous studies referenced that identify the degree to which obstetric violence takes place, and this may be confronting to some. However, unless we reflect on the practices we see taking place or participate in even unwillingly, we cannot move forward in addressing obstetric violence.

Nutrition for Trauma Injury

As our understanding regarding the effects of adequate nutrition grows, there is increasing evidence that inadequate nutrition not only prolongs recovery from trauma, but may also play a role in setting the stage for developing PTSD, depression, and anxiety after a traumatic event. Nutrition plays an integral role in brain function, mood, behavior, and thoughts. All illnesses, whether felt in the body or mind, are influenced by nutrition, where poor nutritional status can set an individual on a path of diminished wellness through a compromised immune system, inflammation, altered gene expression, and through compromised functioning in the various organs and processes. This module will explore nutritional strategies for healing after trauma.

Healing Strategies

The effects of trauma are far-reaching and sometimes feel resistant to treatment. But far from hopeless, there are many healing steps that offer relief and eventual healing, including the brain injury associated with trauma. Our brains are neuro-plastic, meaning changeable. Given the right conditions, our brains, our thinking, and our bodies can heal from trauma. In this module, we will explore the various healing strategies that can be effective in healing after trauma looking at both traditional approaches and complementary therapies.

Trauma-Informed Professionals

While birth trauma can be associated with medical interventions, it’s the interactions with care providers that are more likely to contribute to trauma than any medical interventions or emergencies. Crucial to the perception of trauma is the client’s perceived lack of control and involvement in decision-making. Birth trauma is largely related to a breakdown in the interpersonal relationships between the client and the maternity providers. In this module, we’ll talk about how birth professionals can integrate trauma-informed practices into their interactions with all birthing clients and parents.

Birthing After Trauma

Birthing after a traumatic experience is fraught with challenges for the individual who is anxious not to repeat the experience. The choices they make for subsequent births could be quite varied and diverse. In this module, we will explore the options that a client might choose if they are birthing after trauma, reflect on strategies that can promote post-traumatic growth, and how a client can most effectively prepare for a subsequent birth after they have experienced trauma.