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How to Handle a History of Childhood Trauma or Sexual Abuse

Learn how to handle a history of sexual abuse from childbirth educator Elizabeth Mangum-Sarach in this Howcast video. Thumbnail: fold by porschelinn

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If you're pregnant and you have a history of trauma or sexual abuse, there are a lot of things to consider in who to choose as your care provider and how to have a pleasant and safe birth experience. It's estimated that between 20% and 40% of women have been sexually or emotionally abused. This is 1 out of 3, or 1 out of 4 women. It's very important if you have a history of childhood trauma or sexual abuse, that you seek out psychotherapy or other emotional support, to help support you through the pregnancy. Oftentimes when women are giving birth and they have a history of sexual abuse, and or trauma, there are unexpected reactions that come up during the pregnancy, and or birth process. Vaginal exams, nakedness, or the idea of a baby coming out of your vagina may be disturbing for many women. Sometimes it's even more disturbing if you have a history of childhood sexual abuse. If you have experienced childhood sexual abuse, be sure to create a good support team, so that you have the emotional support you'll need during childbirth.

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