Trauma + Prenatal

by | Sep 13, 2022

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If you work with pregnant folks in any capacity, you will want to read this! Introducing a Trauma informed Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training.

This training is for you if you are:

  • a birth worker (L+D nurse, doula, birth educator)
  • an OB/GYN or Midwife
  • a pregnancy yoga teacher or fitness coach
  • a mental health therapist
  • a body worker (massage, chiropractics, acupuncture)

You will come across a patient or a client that is pregnant and has experienced trauma in their lives and needs guidance on how to process and heal from the trauma experiences.

The language and approach you use with your clients, students, and patients can be triggering for their prenatal experiences.

Imagine these scenarios;

You are an OB/GYN or midwife and you do a cervical check during a routine appointment without the patient’s consent, and this patient has experienced rape or sexual assault at some point in their life.

You are a yoga teacher or coach and you guide your student to take a posture that reminds them of the abuse they have suffered from in the past.

You are a therapist and your patient has disassociated in a session and you are looking for mindfulness techniques to help them navigate this moment and come back to the present.

How do I help my pregnant clients, students or patients have the supported and nurturing prenatal experience I wish for them?

With regard to the pregnant population within our community, we recognize the growing need for support in as many ways as we can offer it. Trauma is something that a vast majority of women and pregnant people experience at some point in their lives.

We understand how many people will identify with yoga to become more mindfully aware of their inner self and use this practice to connect to their bodies after a traumatic experience.

In the United States, one in four people experienced a traumatic event by their eighteenth birthday. Some of these folks will go on to become pregnant adults, or even, pregnant teens.

For some, trauma responses can become worse during pregnancy or with the thought of birthing. As teachers who help guide folks during this sacred time in their lives, we wish to offer every opportunity to use our own awareness, language adaptations, postural adaptations, and more, to help guide our students to have the most mindful experience with their yoga practice- on and off the mat.

After attending our trauma-informed prenatal yoga certification, you will have all the tools to confidently guide your pregnant students or patients through mindful movement practices and meditations, while understanding the language has been carefully developed by the teachers at the Trauma Institute to ensure an experience of safety and support for everyone.

Join Jessica Freedman, founder of MamaShakti Prenatal Yoga and “Yoga 4 Change’s”, Victoria McCargar, for trauma-informed training sessions, where they will combine their prenatal yoga and trauma-informed experiences to help us support our community through pregnancy and birth.

This training is hosted by The Bella Prana Wellness Collective and counts for 10 hours of continuing education credits through Yoga Alliance.

Dates:  October 1st – 2nd from 1:30pm -6:30pmCost: $299 

$199 for trainees and grads of Jessica’s Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training Only

Register here – Trauma-Informed Prenatal Yoga Certification