a workshop for Birth Workers
Online self-paced training launching May 31st
Waitlist now open!
This workshop will explore how trauma affects pregnant people and offer best practices in supporting them during pregnancy, labor, delivery, and parenthood.
Workshop will Include:
Introduction to understanding trauma and its impact on the brain, mind, body, families, and communities
How to identify trauma symptoms and practical applications for healing
Ways to make your intake and paperwork more trauma-informed
Tools for regulating the nervous system and how one might discharge and process trauma
in the body
Take home tools to restore balance, renew hope and resilience in your clients
Learn how secondary trauma affects care providers and tools for prevention
Attendees will leave the workshop with tangible and unique trauma-informed tools to use
immediately with clients
Attendees will leave the workshop with tangible and unique trauma-informed tools to use right way with clients.
***This workshop is solely for professional development and is not intended as an intervention for personal healing. Please keep in mind talking about trauma, even in the context of professional training can be triggering***
Why is this important for all birth workers to know?
Media campaigns like the #MeToo movement have spread worldwide. People are beginning to speak more openly about violence against women. According to CNN, 1 in 3 women will experience violence in a relationship during their lifetime. Approximately 70% of adults in the United States have experienced a traumatic event at least once in their lives and roughly 20% of these people go on to develop posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD (sidran.org).
Therefore it’s likely that one or more of your students is a trauma-survivor, regardless of whether they identity with this term. Students may come to class not realizing that the yoga practice may uncover trauma still held within the mind & body. Most students do not expect to have an intense memory, emotion, or physical response during a yoga class.
Without a basic understanding of the signs and symptoms of trauma, we as health and wellness providers lack the tools and skills to support pregnant people through these experiences.
For trauma survivors, the experience of carrying and birthing a baby has the potential to be overwhelming. Often these unexpected experiences can create shame and confusion. Leaving a yoga class feeling dysregulated can create additional barriers to healing the original trauma.
With a basic understanding of trauma-informed teaching principles, we can participate in creating classes that empower pregnant people rather than trigger and shame them. Armed with with trauma-informed tools, we can begin to build a culture that nourishes resilience and fosters post-traumatic growth.
“Tara brings an element of care, gentleness, strength, grace & true presence to her teaching that I’ve never encountered in another teacher. She has an ability to hold space for her students in a way that allows questions, emotions, energy & movement to flow safely & freely. She has opened my eyes to deeper, more sensitive & nuanced elements of topics such as trauma, PTSD, recovery, relationships, health care, feminism & systemic racism. As deep as her knowledge is of yoga, all things prenatal, trauma, meditation, Reiki, healing arts & holistic modalities, her heart is even more expansive. To learn from Tara is truly one of the biggest blessings of my teaching career. The lessons I’ve learned from her and continue to learn from her, have helped me to grow not just as a teacher but as a learner, explorer, helper, healer and fellow human. I am so grateful for the gifts that she shares with the world and I look forward to attending more trainings/workshops with her in the future.”
“I came in with some basic background on trauma informed
yoga, so was unsure about how much new information I
would learn. I ended up learning more than I ever imagined
and came out inspired, touched, and with a more nuanced
and deep understanding of trauma informed yoga than I
-Training Participant, 2018
"Tara makes learning accessible to all learning styles. Her teachings are grounded in years of experience. My teaching has transformed dramatically since I started studying with Tara, and I see first hand how it effects my students ability to heal."