Educating and equipping through compassionate connection
McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario
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McMaster University Hamilton, Ontario
Birth Trauma Ontario exists in response to the global crisis of mistreatment in childbirth and birth-related trauma. Although we are centred in Ontario, we are part of a connected global community that is working together to change how women are experiencing maternity and birth services. Mistreatment in childbirth spans every culture, every demographic, and every socioeconomic status. It's not an 'over there' issue, but rather a 'right here' concern. Birth Trauma Ontario is an advocate for the prevention of birth-related trauma through awareness, education, and skills development in the practice of trauma-informed care.
Research has provided us with the necessary information and parameters for addressing obstetric violence and birth trauma with comprehensive and compassionate solutions. Care providers don't want to see 1/3 of their clients traumatised by their births in the same way their clients don't want to be traumatised! Birth Trauma Ontario provides a researched and comprehensive training in the competencies of trauma-informed care through a series of in-person workshops. These workshops allow participants to grow in their understanding and skills in a positive environment that promotes connection, affirmation, and collaboration.
While about one in three mothers experiences the birth of their baby as traumatic, about one in 8 will develop PTSD from the experience. Postpartum PTSD can persist for years if not recognised and addressed. It negatively impacts the sufferer with flashbacks, sleep issues, as well as possible issues with returning to work, health-related problems, relationship problems, and bonding and care concerns with their baby. Birth Trauma Ontario provides education for parents and professionals to help understand birth-related trauma, trauma-informed care, and trauma-specific therapies for recovery. Mothers are invited to join our closed facebook group for compassion, understanding, and peer support.
How maternity services are delivered have undergone a significant shift in recent years as we've adopted a near-universal institutional-based technocratic model. While most everyone survives this model, not everyone thrives. High rates of mistreatment, primary, secondary, and vicarious trauma, burnout, postpartum PTSD, and suicide tells us the time is now to adopt a new approach to delivering maternity services.
Trauma-informed skills not only benefit the client, but also benefit the clinician. The benefits of trauma-informed care include reduced medical errors, increased client participation in their own care, increased diagnostic accuracy, reduced cynicism, reduced rates of burnout, and a near-elimination of disrespectful care and birth-related trauma.
Trauma-informed skills are for everyone who interacts with birthing clients, including midwives, nurses, physicians, doulas, childbirth educators, advocates, allied health care providers, parents and loved ones.
Trauma-informed professionals are invited to become Partners with Birth Trauma Ontario. Our comprehensive training meets the educational requirements for becoming a Partner.
Birth Trauma Ontario seeks to help connect those who need help with those who can provide trauma-informed services. Our members are searching for therapists, doulas, lactation counsellors, childbirth educators, pelvic health physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopaths, naturopaths, medical advocates, social workers, midwives, nurses, physicians, yoga instructors, dentists, and more. Our partners are trained in trauma-informed care and exhibit the skills consistent with a trauma-informed approach.
If you provide trauma-informed care in your professional field, you are invited to apply to partner with Birth Trauma Ontario in order to advertise your services on our website for a low annual fee. You may end your relationship with us at any time.
Terms and conditions apply.
Consultations are available for care providers, clinics, schools, training programmes, and birthing units to help evaluate and assess the educational and skills gaps regarding knowledge and practice of trauma-informed skills.
Individual sessions are available for physicians, nurses, midwives, and doulas to foster professional growth and development in trauma-informed skills.
Virtual consultations are available for parents and loved ones to better understand birth trauma, its effects, and options for recovery. Those who are planning a pregnancy after a traumatic birth experience will find helpful strategies for improving well-being and for creating a supportive birth experience for themselves and their baby.
Contact us for more information.
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