Holding Space for Trauma

Holding space for trauma: trauma informed care for the full spectrum perinatal period from preconception into postpartum.

This course is designed to give a comprehensive basic understanding of trauma informed care. We will segment it into an understandable, digestible, and easily actionable approach which can be implemented into your existing practice. 

The course includes preliminary reading, two day in-person training, followed by two 90 minute zoom meetings and a documented submission of course reflections and a case study. Upon completion of the full course you will receive certification.

We will demystify the notion of “trauma informed care” and explore why it is so important as a prenatal, birth, postpartum care provider or bodyworker to be equipped in this crucial aspect of holding space for families pre-conception and during pregnancy, birth and parenthood.

We will walk you through what trauma informed care looks, sounds, and feels like as both care provider and client. The course will offer you an accessible ABC “how to” on embedding the principles of holding space for trauma into your current work. 

Throughout the two days we will clarify for you what a tangible difference this approach and framework will mean for your clients who need this extra tenderness and compassion; and, crucially, for yourself and your wellbeing as you navigate the extra care and boundaries that are asked for.

Attending this course will allow you to confidently navigate the following foundations:

  • Why trauma informed care matters
  • What is trauma? 
  • What is secondary trauma?
  • What is post traumatic growth?
  • The far reaching impact of trauma and post traumatic growth on a person’s experience of conception, pregnancy, birth and postpartum / parenting
  • What is trauma informed care; & how to adjust your current practice to incorporate these principles
  • The basics of trauma informed communication
  • What is radical self care and why is it important?
  • The significance of acknowledging, respecting and committing to your own boundaries 
  • An introduction to embodiment practices for you as a practitioner; four tangible grounding / self regulation practices
  • Why regular self reflection and adopting a growth mindset is paramount to your personal growth and the growth of your clients when practicing trauma informed care

For whom?

The course is accessible for midwives, gynaecologists, kraamverzorgenden, doulas, counselors, childbirth educators, bodyworkers with a minimum of 3 years working experience and/or having attended a minimum of 15 births. We accept a maximum of 12 course participants.

You can register by paying a €250,- downpayment (click below on ‘book now’). We will work with an intake questionnaire followed by an intake-interview, after which registration will be made final. Should it be mutually agreed to postpone participation – then the down payment will be fully refunded.

About the course facilitators

Ilena Standring

Ilena is a full spectrum trauma informed doula, coach and consultant. Having been a peer counsellor since adolescence; Ilena became a certified coach in 2012 and in 2014 became a trauma specialised doula. Having worked extensively supporting clients and families who have experienced various traumas for over seven years, and having personally worked extensively on her own post traumatic growth; Ilena is compelled to speak openly and hopefully about trauma and trauma informed care for pregnant, birthing and postpartum people. 

Prior to becoming a doula; Ilena worked in HR and consulted across various organisations at management and executive board level. She continues to consult for global corporates on the varying impact of the transition people make as they become parents.

By unravelling trauma taboos in open and accessible settings she aspires to move the conversation around trauma away from pathology and into one of strength, resilience, hope and empowerment. 

Joyce Hoek-Pula

Joyce is a doula, masseuse and childbirth educator with 20 years of experience working with pregnant people. She has been mentoring and teaching doulas since 2012 and is a co-owner at BiA Training.

Joyce has been fascinated by trauma and its impact on pregnancy and birth from early on in her career and has followed different courses to deepen her understanding. She is moved by the resilience of birthing people, and is dedicated to improving their experiences, both by supporting women and their partners during pregnancy and birth as well as by helping to change the paradigm of our birth culture.

Date: 27 + 28 May 2021 – training in English
Time: 9.30 doors open, training from 10am – 5.30pm
Zoom: Tuesday 8 June 8 – 9.30pm + Tuesday 29 June 8 – 9.30pm

Location: Naar Zee Stadsoase, Bert Haanstrakade 102, Amsterdam IJburg

Price: €495,-
Price includes lunch, 21%vat and 2x 90 minute post-course zoom meetings + certificate of completion after meeting all course requirements.

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Accreditation: NBvD is applied for / Cluster D points for KNOV-members upon receiving certificate of completion (16 hours)

For more information about the content of this training: hello@ilenajoannestadring.com
For information about payment, location etc: doula@biadoulatraining.com

Cancelation Policy:

In case of covid-19 related complaints (coughing, running nose, sneezing, throat ache, shortness of breath, fever), your attendance will be postponed to the next available training, without any extra costs.

If BiA Training is compelled to cancel the training because of covid-19, then your attendance will be postponed until the next available training. If you’d like to opt for a refund, then this is also possible.

You can retract your registration within 14 days of the online registration and payment. This is not possible if the training takes place within 14 days of registration.

In any other case: no refund possible, also when called away to a birth.

We strongly suggest that if you’re on call, you arrange back-up for the 2 days of the training; because of the nature of the training, you cannot catch up in a subsequent training and if you’d miss the first day, you cannot come to the second day.