An introduction for anyone who works with childbearing people and wants to learn about the impact of abuse on the birth experience.
Continuing Education Units Pending Approval
Selena Shelley, MA, LMHC, CD, LCCE
Selena Shelley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a When Survivors Give Birth Approved Trainer, and Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Midwifery at Bastyr University. She has a psychotherapy and consultation practice in the Seattle area and specializes in working with pregnant and postpartum trauma survivors. Selena was trained and mentored by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus, authors of the groundbreaking book When Survivors Give Birth, and facilitates trainings for perinatal and reproductive health professionals - including nurses, psychotherapists, doulas, midwives, social workers, doctors, and sexual assault advocates. Selena has been working with pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors for over 25 years – first as a case manager with teen parents, then as a doula and childbirth educator, and for the past 13 years as a psychotherapist and trauma consultant. She also helped develop and run the Birth Doula Services Program for Open Arms Perinatal Services in Seattle. In all her work, Selena has witnessed how transformative the right kind of support and care can be for trauma survivors. To that end, she believes training professionals how to work more easily and effectively with trauma survivors is some of the most important work in perinatal and public health, and she is honored to be facilitating this When Survivors Give Birth training for the Simkin Center