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.