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Trauma-Informed Birth Support: Survivor + Doula + Advocate

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National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)
Published: May, 2015
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National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (NRCDV)

Childbirth is experienced differently by every woman, and even women with multiple births will have a different experience each time. Health and well-being concerns and survival needs may be intensified if pregnant women are also dealing with past or current domestic violence, abuse, and related trauma. With trauma-informed and tailored planning and support, however, birth can be a beautiful and empowering experience for survivors of domestic violence. It may also offer a turning point for survivors to explore the possibilities of their new beginning. This 2-page fact sheet explains how victim advocates and birth doulas can provide trauma-informed birth support to women with a history of domestic violence. It also suggests resources for more information.

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