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Trauma-Informed Care for Birthworkers

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HG05 School of Nursing & Human Science

Dublin City University

Collins Avenue Extension

Glasnevin

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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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