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When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women

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When Survivors Give Birth is written for a mixed audience of maternity care professionals and para-professionals, mental health therapists and counselors, and women survivors and their families. The authors expertly and compassionately address the unusual and distressing challenges that arise for abuse survivors during the childbirth experience.

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Paperback, 450 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Quality Code Publishing
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Oct 11, 2012 Cori rated it it was amazing
This book was required reading for my childbirth educator certification. I'm so grateful it was on the list, and I hope every birth professional/paraprofessional reads it. I have never been a victim of abuse, physical, verbal or sexual, so understanding how a history of abuse may affect a woman undergoing the normal changes and challenges of pregnancy, labor, birth, and breastfeeding is invaluable information to me. Very well written, easy to understand, lots of fantastic resources in the append ...more
Janet Ferguson
May 14, 2015 Janet Ferguson rated it it was amazing
As a therapist who currently has three pregnant clients who are CSA survivors, this book was INCREDIBLY helpful. It outlines potential triggers, risks, statistics (including risks for post partum problems), the latest research, and provides specific and useful tools for clients. The appendix includes templates for trigger plans, birth plans, and case histories. I think this would be a great book for any CSA survivor to read while planning her pregnancy or, with support, during her pregnancy. And ...more
Aug 19, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
When Survivors Give Birth
Penny Simkin, PT and Phyllis Klaus, CSW, MFT

I can’t think of many books, of any genre, that I would say are truly revolutionary but When Survivors Give Birth is absolutely one of them. This book is a sweeping compendium of everything a provider might need in order to deal more effectively and compassionately with a pregnant woman who is a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. From triggers in pregnancy to challenges in the postpartum period with breastfeeding, body image o
Aug 13, 2013 Pauline rated it it was amazing
I read this when I was taking an extra course towards pregnancy massage. I met and worked with the author Penny as well during the 40+ hour course. This book was a great for all MTs because when you have a pregnant client on your table, you have to remember the statistics of how many woman are and have been sexually violated. Pregnancy can trigger many survivors and can cause an array of body discomfort which leads them to a pregnancy massage therapist. As a therapist myself, I have seen sexuall ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Raven rated it it was amazing
A pivotal text for any birth worker. Reading this has changed not only how I talk to and approach survivors of sexual abuse, but all of my clients. Heart breaking as it reveals just how prevalent sexual abuse is, but also hopeful as it gives us tools to help survivors work toward healing.
Jonny Diane
May 11, 2016 Jonny Diane rated it it was amazing
Great resource book for anyone providing care for birthing mothers.
Aug 13, 2009 Koz rated it it was ok
This one is more for the clinician than the patient. It definitely covered some things that were relevant and helpful to me, and they would've been even more helpful while I was pregnant. But overall, I think the info is better suited for helping the OB/midwife care for the survivor.

I did feel reassured in some ways, so it's worth a look if you're expecting or one day planning to TTC.
Jul 09, 2013 Danielle rated it it was amazing
Incredible book! This book should be a required reading for all medical professionals. I highly recommend survivors, health professionals, counselors, therapists...etc to take the time to read this book. I am so glad I did. Now, I know ways to incorporate what I have learned from this book in my RN career.
Sep 17, 2013 Emma rated it it was amazing
I found this book extremely helpful. Being that I was sexually abused, giving birth to my son harder then I ever imagined it would be. Thank you for an amazing book!
This was a good book, but more geared towards the providers than the person giving birth.
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itold: Pregnancy and Past Sexual Abuse 1 3 Aug 13, 2013 12:46AM  
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