How does sexual trauma affect prenatal care, birth and delivery? How can midwives better meet the needs of clients with sexual trauma? How can midwives incorporate trauma-awareness into every step of their practice – from intake forms to delivery? Statistics show that 1 in 3 women experience sexual assault in the United States, and this trauma can have dramatic effects on the neurobiology and physiology of the body – especially during labor and delivery.
Co-facilitated by a sexual assault counselor and a local home birth midwife, this workshop will cover how trauma affects the body, how to create a trauma-aware midwifery practice, what midwives need to know about trauma history and how to ask these sensitive questions, how to respond to disclosure of sexual violence, and provide further resources for personal support and study.