each year that birth trauma awareness week rolls around it occurs to me that I have 6+ years of birth trauma content I've produced and it might be worthwhile sticking it all in one place!
Before you delve into any of the below I want you to know that birth trauma processing is a complex issue and sometimes it's tempting to make things seems simple by posting inspirational quotes or handing out what my supervisor calls 'dead fish'. As in, a tool or piece of advice that sort of helps or seems useful at the time but doesn't provide enough to make lasting change. There's no replacement for good therapy and mentoring, but resources do help. My paid resources are More Than a Healthy Baby, Birth Trauma Tools to Cope, Birth Trauma online course for parents and Birth Trauma Training for Birth Workers
For birth trauma debriefs, therapy and mentoring/supervision see my calendar
EFT tapping for birth trauma
Power breaths for anger, anxiety and trauma
3 tips to help with birth trauma - using the acronym AIM (allow, integrate, make meaning)
4 tips to soften the blow of birth trauma in the immediate aftermath using the acronym FINE (future focus, integrate, newborn smell, and engage support)
This is by no means all the interviews I've conducted, but a selection I could pull up.
You can find all of them on the birth trauma training podcast (see below)
Remembering Amber Rose Isaac - racism in maternal mortality with Bruce McIntyre
Black Lives Matter in Birth Trauma: Car chat with Hawk & Chivona Newsome from BLM New York chapter
Parenting through Birth Trauma with Mama Manon Depre
Birth Trauma: Navigating the Hospital System as a Survivor of Abuse – with Rachael Rose
Birth Trauma: Persecution Fears, Patriarchy & Power with Jane Hardwicke Collings
Magic, Medicine Birth Trauma - Dr Danielle Arabena - Shamanic Healer, Doula, Indigenous GP & Witch
Coercion, Mental Health & Racism in Birth with Dr Sayida Peprah
Maternal Mortality and Activism With Mars Lord
Offering trauma work when you don’t know what you’re doing
What 'counts' as birth trauma?
Easily one of the most frequently asked questions I receive every week.
Can birth debriefs make trauma worse?
EMDR for birth trauma
Birth trauma and the fawn response
So, you want a career in birth trauma or perinatal?
This is a post I wrote to answer a lot of the questions I receive every week - "how do I do what you do?", "what's the best path to take?", and "do I need a psych degree to work with birth trauma?"
City Birth Trauma Scale
Is the one I tend to use for clinical practice as it correlates with dsm-5 criteria
All that matters is a healthy husband (or why birth matters)
I refer to this article on podcasts a lot, and I mentioned it in my book. When we talk about a 'healthy baby is all that matters' contrast that with a wedding where things do go to plan - culturally, we tend to give far more empathy for a rainy day or a stain on a wedding dress than a traumatic birth!
Your guide to writing a letter of complaint - Sharon Stoliar
Sharon is a midwife who experienced birth trauma and went on to become and advocate. Also see her book, Scars of Gold
More to come as I update this list :)