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Integration of the Science of Safety and Resilience into Perinatal Care: A 5 Step Process

by Kate White, MA, BCBMT, LMT, RCST®, CEIM, SEP
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 Nurse Contact Hours
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
  • Origin: GOLD Learning

Maternity practice in the United States has come under scrutiny over the past year due to the increase in maternal mortality. Data also show that maternal and infant morbidity are big concerns for prenatal and perinatal practitioners; for every woman who dies during, labor and delivery 70-80,000 more report almost dying. The news reports “obstetrical violence” and birth trauma as common for women all over the world. Infants are also affected by birth trauma, especially neonatal intensive care and separations from their mothers. The trauma-informed care model is starting to be integrated into maternity care as many providers are screening for perinatal mood disorders and childhood maltreatment sometimes referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences. This presentation will review how current psychological, somatic psychological and mental health approaches include the autonomic nervous system responses to threat and overwhelm, or the science of safety, and processes to help patients feel resilient, or acknowledge their capacity to cope in the face of adversity. Then, a new five point process will be outlined that may improve perinatal outcomes, refine the care of mother-baby dyad, and support birth and maternity professionals of all kinds.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Participants will be able to define birth trauma and childhood maltreatment;
Objective 2: Participants will recognize autonomic nervous system responses to threat, especially the freeze response that is common in women, and ways to cultivate a felt sense of safety;
Objective 3: Participants will identify a 5 step process for improving perinatal practices that include couples, babies, and practitioners.

Categories: Trauma-Informed Care
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits:  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks