Healing Trauma: Birth Preparation

Posted by: bailey on March 12th, 2015

A 4 week course working on the first stage of trauma healing according to Judith Herman—Creating safety.

A 4 week course working on the first stage of trauma healing according to Judith Herman—Creating safety.

Trauma is experienced when the nervous system is overwhelmed. There are many ways that this happens for an individual. Sometimes it involves a physical incident or other times it might just be a perceived threat.  People react very differently to situations, some despite going through a very intense situation are able to recover quickly and move forward easily. Others may be devastated by what may appear to be a less significant situation. The important thing to remember about trauma is that it is a very subjective experience. Also, past experiences of trauma or a heavy stress load can make a person more susceptible to trauma.

There are many symptoms of trauma. Emotional and psychological symptoms include: shock, denial, disbelief, anger, irritability, mood swings, guilt, shame, self blame, feeling sad or hopeless, confusion, difficulty concentrating, anxiety,  fear, withdrawing from others, feeling disconnected or numb, and grieving. Physical symptoms include: racing heart beat, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, muscle tension, internal sense of constriction, fatigue, aches and pains.

For many women, going through pregnancy or childbirth can be very stressful as a result of past trauma. A history of sexual violence can bring up many uncomfortable emotions and physical sensations that may be a result of remembering the past. Also sometimes the birthing process can feel out of control or overwhelming itself and can trigger traumatic symptoms.

This course will teach women strategies that will allow them to cope with symptoms of trauma so that they may feel grounded throughout their pregnancy and birthing experience. The course focuses on the supporting women to really explore the issue of safety as safety can be stabilizing to the nervous system and help promote overall balance.

The course will explore:

  • How does safety affect the nervous system?
  • Why is safety important for child birth?
  • Why does it lead to healing trauma?
  • What does safety look and feel like?
  • What contributes to a sense of safety?
  • How can you create safety in your life?

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