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Continuing Education for Health Care Professionals

Birth Trauma NEEDS to be talked about. Post-Natal Depression (which, according to the American Psychological Association, affects approximately 1 in 7 women) is now widely known and accepted as a reality that many mothers experience. It’s time now for our awareness and vocabulary to expand once again. The fact that 25-34% of women (Szalay S, 2011) come away from their birthing experience feeling some degree of trauma means that at least twice as many women struggle with this as with PND. And because of the lack of awareness about Birth Trauma, these thousands of women often struggle in silence. It's time for that silence to end, so that through awareness and preventative measures, the risk of trauma occurring can be greatly reduced.

I offer an informative, yet intimate, look at Birth Trauma in a format to suit the needs of your event and your attendees, from Key Note Presentations, to Workshops and Break-Out Sessions.

Focus of the presentation can be any of the following, or custom-designed for your audience:

  • The Causes & Effects: What aspects, both objective and subjective, can contribute to a woman’s sense of trauma? What are the Signs & Symptoms of BT? How does it affect a woman’s relationship with herself, her baby, her partner, her other children, and others in her life? In light of this, how can the role of Care Provider potentially contribute to, or minimize the risk of, trauma occurring?
  • Supporting a Birth Trauma Survivor: How can a medical professional best offer care to a woman as she prepares for pregnancy and childbirth following a previous traumatic birthing experience? How might her past trauma affect her current childbirth preparations?
     
  • Put Your Daughter in Your Patient's Shoes: In terms of vulnerability, there is no other human experience that parallels childbirth. How can the Care Provider's sense of honor, respect and reverence for this fact contribute to the birthing woman’s empowerment, so as to minimize the risk of trauma occurring?
  • Remembering the Magic: Can a care provider’s perspective on childbirth affect his/her patient’s experience? Can a shift from This-is-What-I-Do-All-Day-Every-Day to Every-Birth-is-Sacred make a difference?

 

“Jen has sung for our programs before and melts the room every single time.”

~ Janet Bray Attwood (NY Times Best-Selling Author)

My expertise has been hard-earned.

Because music was such an integral part of my own healing process, it plays a key role when I share about Birth Trauma.

My presentations truly are one-of-a-kind.