The Empowerment Equation is a place for help. It is a place to share your story of a painful event with others, and to offer solutions and suggestions as to what went right during your labor and delivery experience. It is also a place for those with a history of prior sexual trauma to reach out for help in preparation for labor and delivery. To do so optimizes the chances of achieving a positive birth experience.
“Trauma is an experience that overwhelms our capacity to have a sense of control over our bodies and our immediate environment, maintain connection with others, and make meaning of our experience."
PAAR (Pittsburgh Action Against Rape) 2018
Sometimes a woman enters their labor and delivery with a history of prior heartbreaking and upsetting experiences. These experiences may include abuses that have happened throughout her childhood including rape or sexual assault. They could be the result of a previous traumatic birth. A woman's past history of sexual trauma or PTSD may make her more likely to experience seemingly common events of labor as traumatic. The consequences of a distressing birth experience can affect a woman's health both physically and psychologically, and may interfere with her ability to interact with her baby.
Safely Share Your Story
How it works:
1) Reach out to Dr. Vogel 2) Dr. Vogel will be in touch to schedule an initial conversation 3) The collaborative process for writing your story will begin
When Survivors Give Birth, by Penny Simpkin and Phyllis Kalus, is written for a mixed audience of maternity care professionals and para-professionals, mental health therapists and counselors, and women survivors and their families. The authors expertly and compassionately address the unusual and distressing challenges that arise for abuse survivors during the childbirth experience.