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PANDA Maternal and Child Health Training Webinar

This webinar ran on Wednesday 30 June

Research suggests that at least one in three birth parents will experience their baby’s birth as traumatic. Partners can also be affected.  PANDA often hears from new parents whose unspoken birth trauma has undermined their emotional wellbeing. For many, it has contributed to mental distress and illness.

Perinatal health professionals, including midwives and MCH/Child and Family Health Nurses, play a critical role that includes:

  • identifying possible birth trauma
  • offering a birth debrief to those with less acute symptoms, and
  • referring the one in ten birth with post-traumatic stress disorder for specialist support.

Birth is a physical and an emotional experience. Birth trauma can arise in the context of physical injury or a high level of medical intervention. But it can also affect parents whose baby’s birth seems straightforward, but included experiences that felt scary or out of their control. And those for whom birth or early parenthood have re-triggered earlier life trauma.

This webinar will help you learn more about birth trauma, its symptoms and specialist supports. It will feature a lived experience story, practice and language tips, and role-plays to strengthen your birth debriefing skills.

Health professionals can also be affected by this care work. We will share information and resources to mitigate vicarious trauma and prevent care provider burnout.

Presented by experienced PANDA training and counseling and peer education staff.

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