Risk Factors for Trauma
in Birth and Postpartum Professionals
  • You experienced childhood trauma

  • You have experienced chronic or multiple
    traumas yourself (traumatic births, difficult
    pregnancies, pregnancy loss, PP issues, etc.)

  • You have suffered a recent loss(es)

  • You witness power abuse, iatrogenic
    emotional trauma and/or physical trauma

  • You are a survivor of previous emotional,
    physical or sexual abuse

  • You experience a string of challenging
    situations or bad outcomes

  • You are under heavy stress or experiencing
    chronic stress

  • You are humiliated or bullied (previous
    history and/or during the course of an event)

  • You receive inadequate support, either
    during the event &/or afterward

  • You are unable to actively defend yourself or
    your client(s) during the event

  • Your client suffers a bad or discouraging
    outcome (stillbirth, emergency cesarean, etc)

  • You have experienced trauma from an
    abortion, miscarriage, or other pregnancy loss
You may be at increased risk for emotional trauma in the course of your work if:
  • You feel helpless, powerless during the event

  • Your client's experience or story activates
    your own "triggers" (even though the events
    or stories may seem different on the surface)

  • You experience fear for yourself &/or others

  • You feel betrayed by your partner, a
    caregiver, your client, a peer or friend, etc.

  • You experienced previous trauma that has
    not been addressed

  • The event or issue arises unexpectedly

  • You feel unprepared for what is happening

  • Your / your clients' expectations are unmet

  • You don't feel safe during the event

  • You don't feel heard or that your presence
    matters during the event

  • Your client has a difficult or instrumental
    delivery (forceps, vacuum extractor)

  • Your client is given misinformation or
    inadequate information

  • Your client and/or her baby suffer trauma

  • Your client's needs/wishes are not respected
The above risk factors may or may not result in trauma, and all risk factors are not listed here. A series of
events or risk factors may cumulatively result in trauma, where a single one or several did not. Remember
also that the experience of trauma is
subjective. If a person feels that an event was traumatic for them, it
was. They are in need of help and support from peers and loved ones, and may also benefit from
professional assistance to heal from their experience.
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