Trauma-Informed Birth Support
Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Trauma
Pregnant women’s experiences and needs for emotional support, physical wellbeing, access to healthcare and other community-based services are significantly different from women who are not pregnant. For pregnant women also dealing with past or current domestic or sexual violence, and maybe even residing in a domestic violence shelter or safe house, the multitude of experiences and needs may be even greater.
In addition to the common benefits of working with a doula, survivors of abuse may want to engage doula services to:
- Increase their understanding of the effects of domestic and sexual violence on pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting.
- Discuss supportive services relevant to expectant survivors with a current or past history of abuse.
- Discuss strategies to address anxiety or trauma echoes (also referred to as triggers) that may arise during labor and delivery.
Resources for Doulas & DV/SA Victim Advocates
Trauma-Informed Birth Support - Training Brochure
With Harp & Sword: A Doula's Guide to Providing Trauma-Informed Birth Support - Hardcopy book or PDF download available