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.

Read about ways for birth doulas to collaborate with domestic violence shelters in this technical assistance guide published by the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Birth Doulas and Shelter Advocates: Creating Partnerships and Building Capacity.

In addition to the common benefits of working with a doula, survivors of abuse may want to engage doula services to:

  1. Increase their understanding of the effects of domestic and sexual violence on pregnancy, childbirth, and early parenting.

  2. Discuss supportive services relevant to expectant survivors with a current or past history of abuse.

  3. 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