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"When Survivors Give Birth" Workshop - SOLD OUT

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"When Survivors Give Birth" Workshop - SOLD OUT

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Doula Essentials is honoured to present this workshop for the first time in Alberta. Join the amazing Penny Simkin as she explores this important topic. 


***If you would like to be placed on the waiting list for the one or two day option please email***

"When Survivors Give Birth" is a not-to-be missed workshop for anyone working in perinatal health, including care providers, councillors, social workers, doulas, childbirth educators and anyone else that interacts with birthing people. This workshop is designed to acquaint participants with the impact of sexual abuse on childbearing persons and the birth process. It will introduce specific counseling and caregiving techniques for minimizing the negative impact of abuse on the birth process and promoting healing.

"When Survivors Give Birth" is offered as a one or two-day workshop:

- The one day workshop (Nov 3) is for anyone interested in learning more about sexual abuse and the birth process.  

- The two day workshop, (Nov 3 & 4) requires attendees to have experience in perinatal mental health, education, or caring for childbearing people. Participants must attend day one of the workshop. The second day focuses on advanced counseling techniques for the survivor. Registration is limited.

The two-day workshop has been approved for 12.75 DONA International Continuing Education Credits.

**Currently the two-day workshop is sold out.  If you would like to be on the waiting list to add the second day, please sign up for the one day course and check the waiting list box on the registration form.  Waiting list spots will be filled on a first come first serve basis.**

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Selected Topics included in this workshop:

  •   Definition and incidence of childhood sexual abuse (CSA)

  •   Impact of a history of childhood sexual abuse on the adult

  •   Repression and recall of memories of childhood sexual abuse

  •   Possible impact of childhood sexual abuse on the woman during pregnancy, labor, birth, and post-partum

  •   Relationship between the woman and her caregiver

  •   Content Logistics regarding counseling, including setting, time frame, and homework

  •   Background information, including present circumstances and abuse history

  •   How to and not to respond when your client discloses her childhood sexual abuse history

  •   Exploration of pain and stress and how the client usually deals with them

  •   Anticipation of birth, including “triggers,” personal meanings, and strategies

  •   Demonstration of interview/counseling techniques (more extensive)

  •   Illustrative case presentations

  •   Other strategies, including birth plans, visualizations, partner’s and doula’s roles, and control issues. 

Anyone working with childbearing people 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.


About Penny Simkin

Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 14,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth, and is a co-founder of DONA International. Today her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, and writing, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops. Penny and her husband, Peter, have four grown children, eight grandchildren, three grandchildren-in-law, a great-grandbaby, and a pug named Lola. Find out more about Penny at her website: 

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