Recognizing The Previously Traumatized Patient In Labor

Recognizing the Previously Traumatized Person in Labor focuses on how you can discern the person who is presenting with previous trauma and what you can do differently to optimize their outcomes. Along with 90 minutes of dynamic videos, this course is full of BONUS reference articles and handouts that are helpful to use! (Two nursing CE's) Investment: $80.00

This informative session covers the normal and altered neurological function of the attachment and defense systems in the laboring person’s brain; research on how pre-existing PTSD alters social behaviors and labor coping; and actions and interventions that can be taken by medical careproviders and labor support team members to prevent further trauma of the vulnerable laboring person and positive labor progress. By the end of this course, learners will be able to: 

  1. Outline the oxytocin release process when the attachment system is activated in the laboring person.
  2. Explain the defense system for the release of adrenal hormones during perceived threatening events.
  3. Label six common actions taken by medical care providers that are often perceived as threatening by a laboring person with previous trauma experience.
  4. List six observable behaviors in the laboring patient whose defense system is being activated during labor.
  5. List three low effort and three moderate effort strategies careproviders can implement to prevent activation of the defense system in the previously traumatized patient’s brain.
  6. List five strategies that can be performed by doulas or others providing continuous labor support to the laboring person to counter stimuli perceived as threatening by the laboring person’s brain.
  7. Describe which brains are more likely to encode an experience as traumatic and why. 
  8. Illustrate the nurse's and doula's roles in biobehavioral regulation of other humans in the labor room. 

Note: This course can also be taught in person as a 90 minute conference session; a 75 minute module can be integrated into Adding To Your Labor Support Toolbox

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