Working with Survivors

Birth Trauma - Prevention, Working with Survivors Workshop

Birth Trauma - Prevention, Working with Survivors

At least one in four women who have been sexually assaulted. Many pregnant women suffer from past trauma. For some, their birth experience is the initial trauma. This workshop is to teach Doulas prevention and working with survivors.

Many clients don’t disclose information about their past to their care providers, so we must treat all our clients as if they are survivors and/or are prone to birth trauma. Anyone who works with pregnant and birthing women should understand how past abuse, trauma, and sexual assault can affect the birth process in survivors.



Working with Survivors - Birth Trauma Class is available on-demand as a video replay. You'll receive the class video replay and Birth Ways International resource document via e-mail within 36 hours of purchase. You can do the class from your computer anytime; it does not expire.

And everyone who signs up for the live-streamed class also gets the video replay. If you get called to a birth or life happens, you will still receive all of the information


  • How past abuse, trauma, and sexual assault can affect the birth process
  • Triggers during prenatal care and through birth
  • Ways to help prevent birth-trauma
  • How interventions can help or harm
  • How to find help for your client to process trauma
  • About "bystander trauma", which can affect birth doulas

Whether or not we are aware of past trauma, we can listen with awareness and be sensitive to how actions, events, and language can affect our clients.  We will discuss effective and compassionate listening, and how to move from hearing a story of abuse to discussing challenges that might arise prenatally, during labour/birth and postpartum.  Make an appropriate plan that takes into account current hospital protocols as well as strategies for clear communication, coping techniques and sensitivity of the client`s unique needs so she can feel heard, express herself freely and feel safe to labour and release her baby through birth.

We’ll share specific, practical tips on working with your client prenatally to express, process, and plan for a birth that is safe and empowering.

Angie and Karen have combined over 30 years and more than 500 births to draw upon, with lots of lessons, practical suggestions and effective strategies to share.


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