An introduction for anyone who works with childbearing people and wants to learn about the impact of abuse on the birth experience.
Approved for 7.5 Bastyr University contact hours and 7.5 DONA International contact hours. This program, through Penny Simkin Inc., has been approved for 6.5 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.
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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.
Penny Simkin, PT, is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She estimates she has prepared over 13,000 women, couples, and siblings for childbirth. She has assisted hundreds of women and couples through childbirth as a doula. She is author or co-author of books for both parents and professionals, including "The Labor Progress Handbook;" "Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Newborn: The Complete Guide;" "When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women;" "The Birth Partner: A Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions," She has developed teaching materials for birth classes and produced several videos for educators, doulas, and families, the latest of which is for siblings-to-be, "There's a Baby." She is co-founder of DONA International and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal, Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University, which was named in her honor. Today, her practice consists of childbirth education, birth counseling, combined with a busy schedule of conferences and workshops.
Phyllis Klaus, MEd., LMFT, LMSW, is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist and Clinical social worker. She currently practices in Palo Alto, California, providing psychotherapy, hypnotherapy and counseling to individuals, couples, families, and groups. She has been working with the concerns of families in the perinatal period for over 40 years and has been involved in research and training of perinatal care providers since 1980. She has extensive experience working especially with the symptoms of pregnancy, traumatic birth, effects of childhood sexual abuse on child-bearing and postpartum mood disorders. She also incorporates well-researched mind/body therapies in the treatment of somatic and medical disorders, family of origin and attachment disorders and complicated grief. Phyllis is co-founder of DONA International and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). She consults and presents workshops globally and is co‑author of several articles as well as The Doula Book; Bonding; Your Amazing Newborn; a video, The Amazing Talents of the Newborn; and When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women.