The goal of this 9 week online workshop is to familiarize DTC members, birth professionals, and other interested persons with the concept of trauma, and how it relates to the childbearing year.  This workshop discusses the potential impact birth trauma can have on pregnancy, labor, and postpartum for clients, their support team, and ourselves.

  • ​After this training, you will be able to normalize, validate, and refer clients to counselling services for trauma recovery if needed. 
  • You will be uniquely equipped with the ability to provide information and answer questions about ways to minimize birth trauma risk throughout the prenatal, labor/birth, and postpartum period. 
  • You will gain information and strategies on how to best support and work with clients and their partners who have experienced a previous birth trauma. 
  •  You will learn communication and active listening techniques that will assist you in talking with your clients, partners, and healthcare team about obstetric violence and informed consent. 
  •  You will be given tools to work through any of your own residual birth trauma experiences and be able to understand how these experiences can impact your work with clients. 
  •  You will be able to identify risks and signs of burn out and vicarious trauma, and learn what it means to be a Trauma Steward. 
  • You will be provided with a certificate of completion as a Trauma-Informed Support Person (non-certified)

NOTE:  registrants have 16 weeks to complete the 9 weeks of prepared modules and webinar lessons.

What can you expect from Birth Trauma Support workshop?
  • Through carefully developed online modules, professional interviews, articles, and access to a qualified psychotherapist specializing in birth trauma, students will explore the factors, risks, and ramifications of birth-related trauma. 
  • Students of the Birth Trauma course will review trauma in general and various treatments before getting into specifics about how trauma can relate to the birth experience. 
  • You will learn how to make educated referrals and practice asking questions, as well as how to identify risk factors both for our clients as well as yourselves. 
  • By the end our program, our aim is to provide you with the confidence to address birth trauma from a knowledgeable, compassionate, and open place. 
What will this course explore?

This course will explore questions like:

  • What IS Trauma? What are the physical, social, psychological and spiritual impacts? 
  • What is birth trauma and birth-related posttraumatic stress disorder? 
  • What are some ways you, as support people, can reduce the risks of birth trauma?
  • What is obstetric violence? 
  •  How can you promote informed consent with your clients?
  • How can you best serve your clients who have already experienced birth trauma?
  •  How can you use the power of story to initiate healing with your clients?
  • What is vicarious trauma and how can you identify if you are at risk? 
  • What does it mean to be a Trauma Steward?
  •  How does your own trauma scars impact the work that you do?  
  • What resources are available to people within your community and online? 
What are the module topics?

Module​ ​1:​ Introduction and Trauma 101

Module​ ​2:​ ​What is Birth Trauma? 

Module​ ​3:​ Providing Support During the Prenatal Period

Module​ ​4:​ Labor and Birth: how communication, Obstetric Violence, and Informed Consent play a role in trauma

Module​ ​5:​ The impact of Trauma during the Postpartum Period 

Module​ ​6:​ Previous trauma and The Power of Story 

Module​ ​7:​ Working through our own Sh!t. (LOL, you can change this to ‘triggers’ if you want)

Module​ ​8:​ Vicarious Trauma and Trauma Stewardship

Module 9: Moving Forward as a Trauma-Informed Birth Professional 

Each week students will engage in discussion through our curated “Student Lounge” where we will openly discuss the questions and topics for the weekly module. There will also be two online Zoom check-in times scheduled with the instructor should students need the extra support.  

Course structure and required readings:
Course Structure: 

Students are expected to keep up with the course at a weekly pace (completing and submitting assignments in a timely manner), but otherwise, you can engage with the material on your own time (it is not a 9-5 expectation).  Meaning, you would need to listen to an audio or watch a video 30-60min each week, read a module, read and digest articles provided,  and complete an analytical and creative task for each week.

Materials required for this workshop:

Materials you will need to gather prior to the course include a reflection journal, pen/pencil, large scrapbook paper, and chalk pastels/crayons/coloured pencils. For the reading list, there are books that are required and books that are recommended.

Required reading includes:

Traumatic Childbirth by Cheryl Tatano Beck et al; and

Labyrinth of Birth by Pam England.

Recommended and referenced reading (but not required for the course): When Survivors Give Birth by Penny Simkin

Trauma Stewardship by Laura Van Dernoot Lipsky

Ancient Map for Modern Birth by Pam England

Daringly Greatly and/or Dare to Lead by Brene Brown.

Depending on your reading speed, the weekly commitment is about 5-7hrs. max if you take your time to digest it completely.

*It is the responsibility of the registrant to purchase their required reading texts and any supplies required to complete the assignments outlined in this workshop.

Workshop fee:

The 9 week Birth Trauma Support workshop is set as a one-time of fee of ​$175*

The cost of required readings additional costs to the student.
Approximate costs for books will vary depending on where students purchase them.

Your one time training fee covers:

  • Instructor fee
  • Online access to your learning modules, which includes slides, professional interviews, and group discussions in our Sex and Birth “student lounge”
  • Administrative costs
  • Certificate of completion (electronic)
  • The pleasure of calling yourself a Birth Trauma Support person once you have completed the program!

Registrants have 16 weeks to complete all course content.

Why choose Doula Canada?
  • Canadian developed programs and highly experienced instructors
  • One time training fees
  • A dedicated team that takes time with each student as requested
  • A passionate family of thousands of Doulas and CBEs who are available 24/7 via our online community
  • Online access to resources, learning modules, and continuing education
The small print:
  • One time fee of $175 plus applicable taxes
  • Full payment due at time of registration.
  • Payment can be made by Credit card, PayPal, or Email Money Transfer. More details on this will be sent when registration is processed.
  • Students are responsible for the purchase of required readings.
  • All payments are Non-refundable.  Please read our cancellation policy prior to registering.

*applicable taxes not included in base fee*

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