Jenn Fontaine is one of a handful of people worldwide who have been personally trained and mentored by Penny Simkin and accredited to present and facilitate the When Survivors Give Birth workshop and she is coming back to Perth to present another workshop.
This important client care workshop focuses on understanding and healing the effects of childhood sexual abuse on childbearing women. This is the second time this unique training has been offered in Australia. Anyone working with childbearing women will gain knowledge and skills in this one-of-a-kind workshop, which is the culmination of decades of collaboration between Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW.
Together they also wrote the 2004 book of the same name, When Survivors Give Birth.
- Advance your understanding of an all too common issue for childbearing women and families.
- Expand your care practices for women at risk of poor physical and psychosocial childbirth outcomes.
- Improve your response to women who express emotional concerns about childbearing.
Did you know that 1 in 5 Australian children experience sexual abuse?
Reference: Price-Robertson, Bromfield and Vassallo, 2010; Mills, Kisely, Alati, Strathearn, & Najman, 2016; Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, 2017
When these children grow up, many of them will eventually have children of their own. What is the impact of childhood sexual abuse on pregnant, birthing and postpartum people?
According to the 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey (PSS):
• Almost 2 million Australian adults had experienced at least 1 sexual assault since the age of 15
• In 2018, the rate of police-recorded sexual assaults against children aged 0–14 (167.6 per 100,000) was nearly twice that of people aged 15 and over (90.2 per 100,000).
Victims of childhood sexual assault may be at increased risk of:
• suicidal behaviour
• psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia and post-traumatic stress disorder
• substance misuse
• future victimisation and offending (Angelakis et al. 2019; Hailes et al. 2019; Ogloff et al. 2012).
If you are working with pregnant birthing and postpartum families, you will have clients who have been sexually assaulted, whether they self-identify or not. Nurses, midwives, physicians, mental health professionals, allied health professionals, doulas, or anyone working with childbearing people will gain knowledge and skills in this one-of-a-kind workshop, which is the culmination of decades of collaboration and research between Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW, authors of the 2004 ground breaking book, When Survivors Give Birth.
This important client care workshop focuses on understanding the effects of childhood sexual abuse and providing trauma informed-care to childbearing families. Join maternity care, mental health and allied providers to focus on one of the least understood, but most important issues facing pregnant clients.
- 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 behavioural 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 labour 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
- Counselling strategies to prepare nulliparas with fear about the upcoming birth
- Counselling after a traumatic birth
- Counselling the pregnant woman with a previous traumatic birth
When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman
by Penny Simkin, PT, CCE, CD(DONA), and Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LMSW
Unfortunately we have not been able to find these books at an affordable price in Australia. You can order direct from Penny Simkin’s website:
The only book of its kind, When Survivors Give Birth, provides survivors and their maternity caregivers with extensive information on the prevalence and short- and long-term effects of childhood sexual abuse, emphasising its possible impact on childbearing women. Challenges in the client-caregiver relationship are thoroughly portrayed, with much practical advice for improving trust and communication as well as self-help techniques to handle abuse-related distress. Chapters on birth counselling, psychotherapy, and clinical care of survivors make this book a useful resource for survivors and all who work with them.
Workshop leader Jenn Fontaine LCCE, FACCE, CD(DONA), BDT(DONA), HBE, PCD(DONA), CLE , Lamaze Program Director, is one of a handful of people worldwide who have been personally trained and mentored by Penny Simkin and accredited to present and facilitate the When Survivors Give Birth workshop. Jenn is a certified DONA International birth doula, a DONA International Birth Doula Trainer, and a certified Lamaze Educator and accredited Lamaze Program Director.
Jenn’s journey with birthing started with the birth of her twins in 1998. She has been a birth doula since 2003 and a childbirth educator since 2008. She has served hundreds of families through the childbearing years and had made a significant contribution to childbirth education and promoting safe and healthy birth through evidence- based practice. She trains birth doulas through DONA International and is starting a not-for-profit organisation to serve families who might not otherwise have access to doula support. Mental health is near and dear to Jenn’s heart and she provides a listening ear and resources to those in need. Jenn lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada with her husband and their four children.
Saturday, 1st October 2022
Registration with tea / coffee is from 8:30am and the workshop will start at 9:00am SHARP and conclude at 5:30pm.
Ibis Hotel, Perth
334 Murray Street, Perth
There are carparks close to the venue.
Includes tea / coffee on arrival, morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and continuous tea / coffee throughout the day.
General price – $350
Student midwives & doulas – $250 – proof of student ID status must be provided.
Ticket numbers are limited.
Registration and Payment
To book your place in this workshop, fill in the registration form below and submit to Vicki Hobbs.
Invoices will be sent to you on registration and payment must be received by the due date for early bird price.
You will receive confirmation once payment has been confirmed.
Your booking is not confirmed until full payment has been received.
This is a non-refundable event. Once you have registered if you cannot make it on the day, you are welcome to find someone to take your place. Your ticket cannot be transferred to future events. We will do our best to try and assist you, however there are no guarantees.
If you would like more information please contact the Workshop Coordinator Vicki Hobbs by email [email protected]
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