Presentation Information

Kate White

“It Was Right but so Wrong:” Helping Families Make Sense of Difficult Births with Trauma Sensitive and Prenatal and Perinatal Healing Approaches

  • Speaker: Kate White , MA, LMT, RCST®, CEIM, SEP
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
Abstract:

Recent reports suggest that the percentage of mothers who experience birth trauma is much higher than previously realized. Those of us who support mothers, babies and birth know that if a mother has an overwhelming birth, it affects her perception of herself, her partner and her baby.Many women carry memories of difficult births their whole lives. This presentation will outline trauma sensitive approaches to helping families heal from difficult births using somatic or body-oriented practices as a base. Recent trends in trauma resolution will be discussed, including trauma informed care in the perinatal period, and polyvagal theory and its application for birth. A new model of obstetric care will be introduced that includes somatic trauma resolution skills, especially what it looks like to weave these tools into medical or private therapeutic practice. It will also include the baby’s experiences to complete a package of holistic trauma sensitive care for the birthing family.