January 26 2021 9:00 am   through   February 4 2021 1:30 pm
Online Event
Full Registration after December 31, 2020 $ 375.00
Early Registration by December 31, 2020 $ 350.00
Simkin Course Types
Course Type: When Survivors Give Birth
Audience Anyone who has experience in perinatal mental health, education and care for childbearing people.
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A not-to-be missed opportunity to learn from renowned experts Penny Simkin PT and Phyllis Klaus MFT, LMSW, authors of the book When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman. Due to Washington State and King County health advisory guidelines regarding social distancing, we are offering this class virtually, via Zoom. Students will receive additional information, including login information once registered. Certificates of completion will only be issued to students present for all four sessions (Jan 26 and 28 and February 2 and 4). Tuesday January 26, 9:00am – 1:30pm Pacific Time (Part One) Thursday, January 28, 9:00am – 1:30pm Pacific Time (Part Two) Tuesday, February 2, 9:00am – 1:30pm Time (Part Three) Tuesday, February 4, 9:00am – 1:00pm Time (Part Four) $350 Early Registration by December 31, 2020. $375 Full Registration after December 31, 2020.


The Curriculum

This workshop provides an introduction to the issue and includes advanced counseling techniques for the survivor.  Registration in the two-day workshop is limited to attendees who have experience in perinatal mental health, education and care for childbearing people. Registrants must attend both days. Register early – space is limited.

  • Definition of childhood sexual abuse (CSA) and other child abuse
  • Common manifestations of any type of child abuse on the childbearing woman
  • Unique manifestations of sexual abuse specifically on the childbearing woman
  • Neurological and behavioral sequelae of child abuse
  • Impact of childhood sexual abuse on conscious memory
  • Impact of childhood sexual abuse on the adult woman
  • Impact of CSA on pregnancy
  • Impact of CSA on labor and birth
  • Relationship between the woman and her caregiver
  • Modification of common childbirth preparation techniques for CSA survivors
  • Impact of CSA on postpartum recovery, breastfeeding, and postpartum mood disorders
  • Self-help techniques to reduce distressing symptoms
  • Counseling strategies to prepare nulliparas with fear about the upcoming birth
  • Counseling after a traumatic birth
  • Counseling the pregnant woman with a previous traumatic birth

Approved for 15.5 DONA International Contact Hours and 14.5 Bastyr University contact hours. This program, through Penny Simkin Inc., has been approved for 13 CEUs by the NASW Washington State Chapter. Licensed Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Mental Health Counselors are eligible. Provider number is #1975-361.

Course Notes

Required Texts: (click here for information on where to obtain texts.)

  • When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman by Penny Simkin and Phyllis Klaus


Workshop leader Penny Simkin PT  is a renowned author and speaker.  Penny has devoted much of her 40-year career to exploring the impact of early trauma on pregnant women in our maternity care system and developing strategies to avoid retraumatization during birth and facilitate the process of healing.  The workshop provides information, insight, and practical advice for individualizing prenatal, intrapartum and postnatal care.   Penny’s book When Survivors Give Birth, co-authored with Phyllis Klaus MFT, LMSW is the essential guide to the topic.

Phyllis Klaus MFT, LMSW is a licensed Marriage, Family, Therapist, social worker  and author from in the Bay Area of California.  She is a Founder of DONA International  and has been involved with doula and perinatal research, for the past 35 years.  She consults nationally and internationally and is co-author of The Amazing Newborn, Mothering the Mother, Bonding, Your Amazing Newborn; Video- The Amazing Talents of the Newborn; The Doula Book; and When Survivors Give Birth.