Birth Trauma Workshops

The Naked Midwives understand that 30,000 women a year, according to the most recent research, experience birth trauma in the UK. Birth trauma is a shorthand phrase for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after childbirth; however, it is also used for women who have some symptoms of PTSD, but not enough for a full diagnosis.

Pregnancy, labour and birth is different for every woman and it’s not always the sensational or dramatic events that trigger childbirth trauma but other factors such as loss of control, loss of dignity, the hostile attitudes of the people around them, feelings of not being heard or the absence of informed consent to medical procedures.

Our birth trauma workshops are a specialist designed service to address and alleviate any anxiety towards pregnancy, labour and birth. Our work focuses mostly on reflection as many women who have suffered previous birth trauma maybe re-experiencing the traumatic event through flashbacks, nightmares or intrusive memories. This can make any subsequent pregnancies, thoughts of labour and birth a time of fear and/or avoidance.

In such cases, women can often feel there is nowhere to turn for support as other mothers who have not had traumatising births can find it hard to understand the impact of a traumatic birth. We also strongly recognise people who witness their partner’s traumatic childbirth experience may also feel traumatised as a result.

As practising midwives, we completely understand these fears, anxieties and inhibitors in preparing for subsequent births; therefore, we are here to assist you in gaining an understanding of previous events, coach you through coping mechanisms and fully support you in all your maternity needs.

What can I expect?

Classes are set in the privacy of your own home giving you the opportunity to feel as comfortable as possible when emotions may be at a high. Being on a 1-2-1 basis also allows us to really focus on what you want to gain during the session. This specialist service is designed to empower, overcome and provide both you and your birth partner with the tools to feel in control of your birth journey. We would strongly advise birth partners to be present.

Prior to your workshop, we would ask you to complete a short survey of your previous pregnancy and birth. This doesn’t have to be in great detail and some women, who may find this difficult, prefer to complete this on the day. It may also be helpful to request your hospital notes from your previous pregnancy, labour and birth through your GP or maternity unit in preparation. The focus of the workshop is dependent entirely upon your needs, as this is an individual service. Most women feel they need to gain a more in-depth understanding of the route or triggers that can contribute towards the fears/anxieties they are experiencing before moving on to coping strategies and birth plans. This workshop is more in depth than the tailor-made workshop and will provide you with the knowledge and empowerment to remain in control of your birth.

This is a 3-hour workshop in total delivered by a registered midwife, and we offer further support at an additional cost. Prices may vary depending on area and travel expenses.

Links for further support

https://www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk/for-parents/what-is-birth-trauma

https://www.connectedbabies.co.uk/birth-trauma-support

Who are the classes for?

  • Classes are set in the privacy of your own home giving you the opportunity to feel as comfortable as possible when emotions may be at a high. Being on a 1-2-1 basis also allows us to really focus on what you want to gain during the session. This specialist service is designed to empower, overcome and provide you with the tools to feel positive about your birth experience.
    • First time mothers (parents-to-be) who may be experiencing thoughts of fear towards the unpredictable event of childbirth.
    • Second time parents or subsequent births following a previous traumatic experience.
    • Surrogate parents who may need support surrounding the birth process
    • IVF pregnancies who may feel they would gain more from a 1-2-1 session
    • Pregnant couples who may have an existing health problem or background they would rather not share in a group setting.

The Naked Midwives – Birth Trauma Workshop £395.00 (per couple)