Trauma Skills for Doulas & Birthworkers with Kimberly Johnson
March 23rd 9am to 5pm
$95 Bini Doulas (Please note we will be checking names)
Birth is a major event. We know that. We’re doulas. What we may not know is how to support women when they have had a previously traumatic birth or any traumatic event in the pelvis.
Trauma is a big word, but we all experience it. It is a part of being human.
So is Healing.
You will learn:
· What trauma means in the body
· What to look for ahead of time that may influence the birth, how to talk about it with your client, and how to help her better prepare to be able to be in the present moment for this birth.
· How to recognize when your client has gone into fight, flight, freeze or collapse and what to do about it.
· How to regulate yourself when you recognize that you have gone into fight, flight, or freeze
This is an experiential workshop.
Birth can be a healing and restorative event rather than a re-traumatizing one. We have all experienced births like this, but may not have understood WHY. When you learn about the nervous system and how to relate to the women and families you serve through this lens, you will have a better understanding of how to direct the experience so that all of you come out strengthened and more whole, with less left over to process.
Kimberly Johnson is a Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution practitioner, Certified Sexological Bodyworker, doula, postpartum care advocate and single mom. She works at the intersection of birth, sex, and trauma, specializing in birth injuries, birth trauma, and sexual healing. She is the author of Shambhala Publications, The Fourth Trimester: A New Mother’s Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions, and Restoring Your Vitality.