Trauma and the Birth Professional Workshop
Skills for Self-Care and Working Effectively with Traumatized Clients
A Continuing Education Workshop with Sierra Hillebrand
7.0 DONA Contact Hours (pending approval)
Birth professionals have the honor of supporting people through some of the most intimate, vulnerable and impactful moments of their lives. At best, we interact with open hearts and a willingness to bear witness to the experiences of parents in this important time. We provide competent, compassionate support that allows for a safe, healthy and satisfying birth experience. When birth is traumatic, or clients present with trauma histories, this work can be difficult. Birth workers may feel overwhelmed, ineffective or exhausted when working with traumatized clients. We may become overly involved or distance ourselves emotionally from our clients in an effort to manage these feelings. Either response can lead to burnout, trauma symptoms or deep exhaustion for birth workers which may comprise our work and personal lives.
This day-long interactive workshop is an opportunity to learn skills and perspectives that will allow birth workers to more effectively work with traumatized clients, while also caring for themselves when trauma is a part of their professional experiences. In our time together, we will:
- Discover self-care strategies that minimize feelings of powerlessness and overwhelm, while restoring vitality and passion for birth work.
- Explore the neurobiology of trauma so that you can work effectively with traumatized clients while tending your own process.
- Develop specific skills for working with different types of traumatic experiences and trauma reactions as they present in your clients.
- Learn to recognize when additional support is needed and how to identify the appropriate resources in your community.
Sierra Hillebrand is a midwife, doula and psychotherapist who has been working with
birthing families in the Ann Arbor area since 1997. She is passionate about high-quality support for childbearing families and sustainability for birth workers. Sierra is co-owner of Ann Arbor Family Doulas.