WHEN SURVIVORS GIVE BIRTH is a full day trauma sensitive training. Participants learn how a history of sexual abuse can impact pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period while also building skills, understanding triggers and practicing best responses in an interactive learning environment. This is a continuing education program for professionals, not for a general audience.
Hi, I'm Elizabeth Johnson...
(This is me, in 2012 when I was a new first time mom.)
One day when I was breastfeeding my daughter, it occurred to me that although I had worked with abuse survivors for years and identity as a survivor myself, I had never come across any information, nor had any training on, how sexual abuse might impact later health, especially at the vulnerable time I was in: the postpartum period.
Why was there so little information on how sexual abuse affects sexual and repro health?
I did find breastfeeding triggering but it had never occurred to me that it might be! I started digging. Some academic articles and research existed (mostly inaccessible, behind academic-only paywalls) but very little else.
But with 20 years in training and education and a specialized knowledge of abuse, I knew I could make a difference.
Professionals like you who deal with anxious families-to-be and new parents should know how past trauma can affect survivors in their everyday life...days or even decades later.
In 2013 I took a Train-The-Trainer program with Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus, co-authors of When Survivors Give Birth and was certified to use that name. I have been offering specialized programming like When Survivors Give Birth for private clients ever since.
This session of WSGB is for professionals only, including:
This program has been approved for: 6.5 CAPPA & DONA contact hours; 0.6 CEUs for MEAC professionals*.
*Because NCACPM sponsored the MEAC credits, professionals who would like MEAC credits will need to pay $25 for their credits for the day. Checks are payable on the day of the program to NCACPM.
-Joanne Dahill CD (DONA), LMBT
Elizabeth M. Johnson, MA is a trauma educator and peer support advocate in private practice based in Durham, North Carolina. She specializes in helping people understand how sexual abuse affects sexual and reproductive health. Elizabeth is the only educator in the world specializing in training and consulting on this topic.
Elizabeth is 1 of 6 trainers worldwide certified (2014) to deliver content based on the book, When Survivors Give Birth: How Child Sexual Abuse Affects Women in Pregnancy, Childbirth and Postpartum co-authored by DONA International co-founder Penny Simkin.
In addition to training, speaking and consulting, Elizabeth facilitates a free, weekly peer support group for sexual abuse survivors. Elizabeth also has training as a professional coach, postpartum doula and childbirth educator. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Womens Studies from Southern Connecticut State University. S
Elizabeth identifies as a rape survivor and has worked with survivors since 2005.
- Anonymous IBCLC, RN
-Susan Rotman AAHCC, CD (DONA)
With more and more sexual abuse survivors coming forward everyday, the need has never been more important for a training like When Survivors Give Birth.
This upcoming session of "When Survivors Give Birth" is offered is a public program only once annually....
which means there's no time like the present to join me and a small group of like-minded professionals for an unforgettable day.
I'm excited to meet you in Durham in December!
With gratitude for your good work,