Sunday 26 April 2020
10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Pulse, 149B Glenlyon Road, Brunswick VIC
Are you a birth professional who is dedicated to trauma-sensitive care?
Do you fully understand what trauma is and how it develops?
Do you know how you can help reduce the potential for trauma – in pregnancy, birth and postnatally?
Are you aware of the enormous positive impact you can have in the birth room simply by the quality of your presence as a birth professional?
With the alarmingly high prevalence of birth trauma among birthing families in Australia, a concerted and all-encompassing approach is required as birth professionals to turn these statistics around.
Much of the blame for birth trauma tends to be levelled at ‘the system’ and high levels of obstetric intervention. Yet, all parts make up the whole, and there is much that can be done by each birth professional at a micro level to help mitigate the potential for trauma.
The neurobiology of birth predisposes birthing persons to overwhelm, no matter how smoothly birth might appear to unfold. Looking through a neuro-physiological lens, the birthing experience can all too often shift into a protective survival mode which places the person on high alert for ‘danger’ and brings with it a whole host of autonomic nervous system and behavioural changes. It is sadly rare in 2020 to find the ‘sweet spot’ in birth where primal birthing power is at its peak in the context of minimal or no fear. However, working backwards from our needs for a strong sense of safety as birthing mammals, this situation is entirely possible to cultivate through a whole-person approach.
This inaugural workshop is designed to help you:
understand the roots of trauma within the autonomic nervous system
clarify the predictors of birth trauma in pregnancy and birth
learn about the conditions that support nervous system regulation in birth
appreciate the delicate balance between the primal states of deep surrender versus survival
become mindful around positive language in the birth room
explore issues of informed consent and client boundaries
provide effective support when a client is triggered into fight, flight, freeze or appease responses
tune in to how clients can discharge traumatic stress postnatally
recognize the importance of timely and person-centred birth debriefing
own the value of your therapeutic presence in reducing the potential for birth trauma
The full-day workshop is suitable for midwives, doulas, obstetricians, NICU nurses, bodyworkers, lactation consultants and other professionals who work in the perinatal field.
It will involve a blend of cognitive learning as well as reflective and somatic practices in pairs or small groups.
The information is drawn from the fields of trauma, birth, bodywork, and feminine embodiment. In particular, it is based on the Polyvagal Theory which underpins Somatic Experiencing and Somatic Practice, two body-mind approaches to trauma resolution now gaining momentum in Australia.
Nisha Gill works holistically in the field of trauma via Somatic Experiencing, Somatic Practice, and counselling, specialising in birth and sexual trauma resolution. Her practice is informed by her experiences as birth educator, birth doula, bodyworker (integrative, Lomilomi, remedial, perinatal and intravaginal), and feminine embodiment teacher.
$199 – Early Bird
(until 29th February 2020)
$229 – Full Price
Terms & Conditions
Safety and Wellbeing
The content of this workshop may be triggering for some as it touches on trauma. If you are currently unable to care for yourself in groups and maintain clear interpersonal boundaries, or experience distressing dissociation, psychosis, or extreme mood states, then this workshop is not suitable for you at this time.
Please confirm on booking that you understand the nature of the workshop and have considered its suitability in terms of your own safety and wellbeing.
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
Please read these Terms and Conditions carefully before completing your registration:
All participants are responsible for their own wellbeing in the workshop.
While all care is taken to provide a safe-enough space, the workshop facilitators cannot be held liable for adverse reactions in response to group participation.
Cancellations & Refunds
Booking with payment ensures that your place is reserved for the workshop. Cancellations up to two weeks prior to the workshop will be refunded the amount paid minus a $15 handling fee. No refunds will be available in the two weeks prior to the workshop.
Tickets may be transferred to another person who fits the suitability criteria, but no less than one week before the workshop. The new participant must book in via this form independently, upon which your payment will be refunded.
If for unforeseen reasons the facilitators are required to cancel the workshop, your payment will be refunded in full.
Boundaries of Practice
This workshop does not train participants to work therapeutically with clients, paid or not, on any issue relating directly to trauma. Participants cannot claim, verbally, in writing or online, to be “trauma trained” by participating in this workshop.
Because of the nature of this workshop and the need to create a safe container, it is essential that participants are ready to start by the listed time. That will mean arriving between ten and thirty minutes before the start time.
Participants arriving late, for whatever reason, will not be able to join the workshop and will forfeit their fees. If you arrive late, please do not attempt to enter the workshop space as it will be disruptive to the group energy field.
By purchasing a ticket you agree that you have read, understood and agree to the Terms and Conditions outlined above.
Nisha Gill ~ 0402 039 341