Trauma-Informed Care for Birthworkers

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HG05 School of Nursing & Human Science

Dublin City University

Collins Avenue Extension

Glasnevin

Ireland

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Child sexual abuse (CSA) affects approximately one in three women. It’s safe to assume, therefore, that about a third of the women you care for will have some experience of sexual abuse. This trauma means they have additional needs during pregnancy, labour, birth, and the post-partum period.


Given this, it is astonishing that trauma-informed care does not form part of the core training offered to birthworkers in Ireland. I am, however, delighted to be in a position to address this need with my two-day workshop which deals with the following:


  • What is Child Sexual Abuse (CSA)?
  • The Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Pregnancy
  • Dealing with Disclosure
  • Issues of Control
  • Power
  • Challenges in Labour and Birth
  • Triggers
  • Clinical Challenges in Labour, and Possible Solutions
  • Postpartum Issues
  • Communication – Verbal, and Non-Verbal
  • PTSD and Other Postpartum Mood Disorders
  • The Potential For Healing
  • Self-Help & Self-Care
  • When the Birthworker is also a Survivor

By the end of the two days, you will have awareness of how birth can be an empowering experience for women who have survived sexual abuse – reducing their trauma and the impact of long-term negative side-effects. These negative effects can include things like


- Difficulties with mother-child bonding

- PTSD

- PND

- Increased risk of suicide / suicidal ideation

- Deterioration of Mother’s relationship with partner/wider family/friends

- Transfer of trauma from Mother to Baby/ies


The NMBI has awarded the workshop 14 CEU, and certificates will be awarded at the end of the second day.



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HG05 School of Nursing & Human Science

Dublin City University

Collins Avenue Extension

Glasnevin

Ireland

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Organiser Hazel Katherine Larkin

Organiser of Trauma-Informed Care for Birthworkers

Hazel is a PhD candidate at the School of Nursing and Human Science in DCU. The focus of her research is on the transmission of vulnerability with regard to transgenerational trauma and child sexual abuse. 

She is also a child sexual abuse victor, having been abused from the age of three. Hazel has also experienced repeat victimisation as an adult - which is a common phenomenon among survivors of child sexual abuse. Her experiences, as well as her qualifications (her primary degree is in Psychology & Sociology, her MA is in Sexuality Studies, her LLM is in International Human Rights Law, and she was the first practicing doula in Ireland; bringing doula training to this country for the first time in 2005) inform her course design and delivery. Hazel also holds a Diploma in Theatre Studies, and brings a dramatic flourish to all her workshops. 

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