MAMA GLOW GATHERING - Trauma Informed Doula Support


June 2nd, 2-5pm - Attend in person at Mama Glow’s Brooklyn Sanctuary or join virtually. Register now.
Pregnancy and childbirth can be transformative experiences for so many women. For some, it can also be frightening and overwhelming, triggering a current or past history of trauma or abuse. In the past two years we have seen the awareness of the #MeToo movement take the world by storm. There is now public consciousness and discourse around sexual violence and how that shows up in various forms in our lives. Pregnant survivors of domestic violence or sexual abuse can benefit greatly from trauma-informed birth support that improves their childbirth experience and long-term health outcomes, increases their healing and resiliency, and promotes bonding with their newborns.
Join us to explore the impact of trauma and violence on pregnancy, childbirth, and parenting during postpartum recovery. 
This in-depth workshop will offer realistic strategies to engage pregnant survivors in meaningful, trauma-informed ways. Educating birth workers (e.g., doulas, childbirth educators, lactation consultants, midwives) about the dynamics of intimate partner violence and related health impacts can lead to enhanced safety and support for pregnant survivors and their children. We will also dive into self-care techniques and tools for birth workers providing this level of support.

We are Nurturers and Space Holders
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It was a privilege and an honor to be featured in DONA’s quarterly magazine, the International Doula, Volume 26 Issue 1. Themes that were repeated throughout the issue revolved around trauma, loss, healing, self-care and resiliency. In my article, Becoming a Trauma-Informed Doula, I write about how “unresolved trauma can surface in unexpected ways for those we serve as birth and postpartum doulas,” including loss related to experiencing sexual trauma, abuse, miscarriage, and other life challenges. I also share five ways to hold space for birthing, postpartum, and parenting families, as well as a ritual for healing and ways to sustain your own practice. See the full article below.

Kenya Fairley
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)

Here’s a throwback to the post I wrote during DVAM 2016 for the DTI Blog. Doula Trainings International (DTI) is a birth and postpartum doula training organization for the modern doula. DTI founders created a robust program that includes mentorships, business skills development, and in-depth video classes that complement the initial workshop, extensive reading list, and other practical experience requirements. In this post I wrote about whether or not to ask pregnant women about their experiences with trauma, how we can normalize discussions about past abuse, where to get help, and what readers will find in my book, With Harp & Sword: A Doula’s Guide to Providing Trauma-Informed Birth Support

Nakia Hansen
Curious about what others are saying about With Harp & Sword?
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Sevonna Brown, Gender Justice and Human Rights Project Manager with Mama Black: Stories, News and Analysis by Black Women's Blueprint shares her thoughts here, With Harp and Sword: Trauma, Survivorship, and Reproductive Health (August 18, 2016). Brown writes, “This book acts as the wings for a doula who is struggling in mid-air to support survivors (or who is a survivor herself). The guide is just as much a how-to companion for every full spectrum doula, as it is a personal narrative of trauma and recovery. Fairley writes on experiencing both trauma and resilience as a triumphant introduction into rebirthing oneself, recommitting one’s life’s work, and resisting retraumatization.” 

Nakia Hansen
Tea & Fireside Chat with The MidWife Is In
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Chloë Lubell of The Midwife Is In is a total bad ass to be admired; I admire her! She promotes respectful care for cis women, non-binary folks, and trans men and women, and loves to talk about bodies, sex, healthcare, pregnancy, adoption, abortion, birth control through her social media channels. She offers reliable, evidence-based information in way that’s compassionate, educational, and empowering to her followers. In 2016 she reached out to me to kick-off her new series, Tea & Fireside Chat. We chopped it up about my favorite tea, my view of birth and reproductive justice work, and my advice for other birth workers out there. 

Nakia Hansen
A Snapshot into the Life of a Doula
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World Doula Week (WDW) began in 2011 with the purpose “to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and families in birth and in the postpartum period.” WDW is observed annually and internationally during the spring equinox from March 22 through March 28. During this time, I share about my passion for being a birth doula and strive to raise awareness of the benefits of doulas to expectant families through social media posts and shares. Check out this piece I wrote during WDW 2015 for From the Womb to the World, Walk Like Thunder: Finding the Power in the Strength of Women. I was asked to talk about why I became a doula, what I love about the families I serve, and what a typical week in the life of a doula is like.

Nakia Hansen