Penny Simkin

in Toronto


When Survivors Give Birth

April 19-21, 2012

Workshop Topics & Objectives

  1. Definition of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and other child abuse

  2. Common manifestations of any type of child abuse on the child bearing woman

  3. Unique manifestations of sexual abuse specifically on the childbearing woman

  4. Neurological and behavioural sequelae of child abuse

  5. Impact of childhood sexual abuse on conscious memory

  6. Impact of childhood sexual abuse on the adult woman

  7. Impact of CSA on pregnancy

  8. Impact of CSA on labour and birth

  9. Relationship between the woman and her caregiver

  10. Modification of common childbirth preparation techniques for CSA survivors

  11. Impact of CSA on postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and postpartum mood disorders

  12. Self-help techniques to reduce distressing symptoms

  13. Counseling strategies to prepare nulliparas women with fear about the upcoming birth

  14. Counseling after a traumatic birth

  15. Counseling the pregnant woman with a previous traumatic birth

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April 19/Day 1 Objectives

1. Define child abuse and specifically “childhood sexual abuse (CSA).”

2. Compare possible effects of sexual abuse with other types of abuse on a child’s brain development.

3. List common manifestations of CSA in adulthood.

4. Compare pros and cons of ways to elicit a history of childhood sexual abuse.

5. Discuss common manifestations of CSA in pregnancy.

6. List common manifestations of CSA during childbirth.

7. List common postpartum manifestations of CSA.

8. List techniques for childbirth educators and caregivers to build confidence in abuse survivors.

9. Describe specific ways maternity care providers may help survivors during labour.

10. Define “trigger.”

11. Name common “themes” that cover concerns of abuse survivors regarding birth.

12. Describe useful self-help techniques to reduce symptoms for survivors.

13. Quote the “Caregiver’s Motto.”

April 20 or 21/Day 2 Objectives

1. Discuss practical strategies to help pregnant women discover, reduce and manage anticipated triggers during labour and birth.

2. Describe the steps to follow in helping a woman process her birth experience.

3. Describe the use of the “Self Assessment of Maternal Distress After a Difficult Birth” form.

4. List safe and helpful ways for a woman to release negative feelings and distress.

  1. 5.Discuss counseling techniques to assist pregnant women who have had a traumatic previous birth to prepare for the upcoming birth.

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