Pregnancy, Childbirth & 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 violence, and currently residing in a domestic violence shelter or safe house, the multitude of experiences and needs may be even greater.
Engaging and supporting pregnant survivors of abuse in meaningful, trauma-informed ways can improve the childbirth experience and health outcomes for survivors, promote bonding between mothers and their newborns, and lead to prevention of future violence and child maltreatment.
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 connections between domestic and sexual violence victimization and pregnancy, and the unique needs of pregnant women seeking domestic violence or sexual assault services.
- 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.
Kenya’s background in direct services, training, child welfare, and leadership development along with her doula training and experience makes her uniquely suited to aid women and families seeking support in this area. She holds a Master of Science degree in Counselor Education from East Carolina University and a Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude in Psychology from North Carolina Central University. Read more about Kenya's background and qualifications here.
Resources for Doulas & DV/SA Victim Advocates
Birth Doulas and Shelter Advocates: Creating Partnerships and Building Capacity - NRCDV Webinar Recording
Trauma-Informed Birth Support - NRCDV Training Brochure
With Harp & Sword: A Doula's Guide to Providing Trauma-Informed Birth Support - Hardcopy Book or PDF Download
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