Birth Trauma Training for Birth Workers online course
Dear birth worker, I see you. Getting into your car after witnessing yet another difficult birth. Gripping the wheel, pit in your stomach, holding back the tears. Maybe you’re sitting on public transport scrolling through your phone to numb out from the pain. Feeling a mixture of disbelief, fury, and shame for feeling burdened by it all.
Rehearsing over and over what you could have said, what you could have done to help a family through a traumatic birth? Preparing yourself to go back to your own kids, or maybe a partner who doesn’t get it. You whack a smile on your face and try to push through.
You’re wondering ‘how did it get to this?’ You were once so excited about babies being born, so full of joy at the privilege of being one of the first people to place your hands on a new baby. Looking into those eyes gazing into your soul, and feeling those little fingers wrap around your finger. It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The nightmares, feeling rushed, bullied, and wondering when you’ll get a chance to pee, let alone work on your trauma.
I know your training didn’t prepare you for how to cope with birth trauma. Every day you’re up against people saying “do self-care!”, “we can’t change the system” or “all that matters is a healthy baby”.
The babies of my babies need you. What you’re feeling is justified. You’re not weak or too sensitive. It makes you a beautiful human. Struggling to cope is a gap in skills training, it’s not a personal failing. There’s this phrase “fish can’t see water”. There’s strength in vulnerability. When you acknowledge that you don’t know what you don’t know and commit to lifelong learning, phenomenal growth happens. I can teach you to be a strong, adaptive coper.
As an emotional first responder, how you show up in the birth space is directly or indirectly making a difference not just for one birthing person, but their baby and their family. You are the difference between someone having a difficult birth and developing trauma, versus having a difficult birth and learning to thrive in spite of it. I have the professional background as a clinical psychologist and the lived experience of two traumatic births. I am the bridge between the research about birth trauma, and the lived experience.
I REALLY want you to stay in birth work if that is your goal. We need birth workers who bring humanity and compassion. People like you who are willing to do the work on themselves so that they can be that strong container for someone else.
Who is the training for? Midwives, Doulas, Childbirth Educators, OBs, L&D Nurse, Lactation Consultant, Birth Photographer, Counsellor, Psychologist and anyone who works with birthing people and babies
We will cover topics such as:
- language and bias in birth
- The mind-body connection in trauma
- Supporting reluctant partners
- Specific considerations when working with groups
- An overview of available treatment modalities (e.g., debriefs, EMDR, animal assisted therapy)
- Holistic support options
- Micro and Macro self-care strategies for life
- posttraumatic growth and strength-finding