Trauma Informed Care for Birth Professionals

Astrid Castro, Transracial Adoption Specialist

Childbirth is a peak life experience that is a threshold for all past and future moments that shape the individuals for a lifetime and for generations. For some, it’s a life and death risk. Trauma is a significant factor in the dangers faced in birth. Up to 1 in 3 women describe their birth as“traumatic” and up to 1/3 of those will go on to have diagnosable Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after childbirth.[i] Infants born in traumatic births show long-lasting effects. For African American Women there's a 3-4x higher likelihood of maternal and infant complications or death. Adopting Trauma-Informed Care for Birth Professionals will highlight the Foundations of Trauma-Informed Care from the perspective of Birth Professionals in a Collaborative Setting; including types of trauma, a definition of trauma-informed care, the NEAR Science (Neurobiology,Epigenetics, Adverse Childhood Experiences and Resiliency) and research on Trauma, the impact and application of Trauma-Informed Care in the childbearing year.

Jesse Remer and Astrid Castro Jesse Remer is a visionary in the birth field. She brings her skills as a doula, trainer, educator, speaker, writer, change agent, advocate and resource to support the creation of new models of maternity care. She's a home birth mother and started her birth training in CPM training. She founded the largest doula practice in Oregon Mother Tree Birth Services then became a leading expert in the integration of doulas within the system both at a hospital and state level. She is a founding member of the Oregon Doula Association (ODA) and chair of the Policy & Advisory Committee. She is a liaison to the Oregon Health Authority Traditional Healthcare Workers Systems Integration subcommittee working on creating sustainable systems of doula support within the system. Her latest work on Trauma-Informed Care is her passion.

Astrid Castro has a degree in sociology with an emphasis on adoption. For twenty-plus years, she has traveled the country to lead youth groups, present workshops on transracial parenting, talking with children about adoption and various other workshops focusing on adoption. Prior to creating Adoption Mosaic, Astrid worked in both the private and public sectors of various adoption organizations such as the Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (ORPARC), Holt International and Rocky Mountain Adoption Exchange, to name just a few.