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When Survivors Give Birth- Manitoba

When Survivors Give Birth


When Survivors Give Birth 

Dates to be posted soon.


About “When Survivors Give Birth”

This important client care workshop focuses on understanding and healing the effects of childhood sexual abuse on childbearing women.  Join maternity care, mental health and allied providers to focus on the issues of the least understood of pregnant clients.

  • Advance your understanding of an all too common issue for childbearing women and families.

  • Expand your care practices for women at risk of poor physical and psycho-social childbirth outcomes.

  • Improve your response to women who express emotional concerns about childbearing.

Anyone working with childbearing women will gain knowledge and skills in this one-of-a-kind workshop, which is the culmination of decades of collaboration between Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW. Together they also wrote the 2004 book of the same name, When Survivors Give Birth.

Workshop Description

  • Definition of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and other child abuse

  • Common manifestations of any type of child abuse on the childbearing woman

  • Unique manifestations of sexual abuse specifically on the childbearing woman

  • Neurological and behavioural sequelae of child abuse

  • Impact of childhood sexual abuse on conscious memory

  • Impact of childhood sexual abuse on the adult woman

  • Impact of CSA on pregnancy

  • Impact of CSA on labour and birth

  • Relationship between the woman and her caregiver

  • Modification of common childbirth preparation techniques for CSA survivors

  • Impact of CSA on postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and postpartum mood disorders

  • Self-help techniques to reduce distressing symptoms

Recommended Text

When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman 
by Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW

The only book of its kind, When Survivors Give Birth, provides survivors and their maternity caregivers with extensive information on the prevalence and short- and long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse, emphasising its possible impact on childbearing women. Challenges in the client-caregiver relationship are thoroughly portrayed, with much practical advice for improving trust and communication as well as self-help techniques to handle abuse-related distress. Chapters on birth counselling, psychotherapy, and clinical care of survivors make this book a useful resource for survivors and all who work with them.