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When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on Childbearing Women Paperback – April 1, 2004

ISBN-13: 978-1594040221 ISBN-10: 1594040222 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Classic Day Publishing; 1 edition (April 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594040222
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594040221
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Penny Simkin, P.T., is a physical therapist, childbirth educator, doula, counselor, and writer. She is author or co-author of 5 books and numerous articles on childbearing.

Phyllis H. Klaus, C.S.W., M.F.T., a psychotherapist, who specializes in women's reproductive issures. She is co-author of 4 books on childbirth and newborns.


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Penny Simkin is a physical therapist who has specialized in childbirth education since 1968. She serves on the editorial board for Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care and the consultant boards for the International Childbirth Education Association and the Seattle Midwifery School.

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I found this book very helpful.
S. Walker
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant with a history of sexual, emotional, or physical abuse.
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This book was a good read for survivors of sexual trauma and abuse.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Gonzalez on July 19, 2005
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be a great tool to add to my base of knowledge. As a CBE,Doula I come across women that have had previous abuse issues. This book gives you the awareness to handle (not treat) these issues in a sensitive way. It has different sections for Midwives,Doulas,CBE'S, ETC. I found it worth adding to the reference library.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carley Rapp on April 6, 2006
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An excellent resource for any women who has survived abuse and anyone who cares for women. The second section is invaluable to those who have a hard time communicating with or feel misunderstood by their providers. Recommended whether you are pregnant or not.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By S. Walker on March 30, 2007
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As health care professionals, we all encounter clients with a greater need to 'control' their experience, especially surrounding childbirth. Many caregivers find this situation difficult and wish that relationships could be more productive and less confrontational. Understanding why some women make more demands than others can help us to 'read' their needs in a more compassionate way -- as sometimes it is a healthy response to a history of abuse (acknowledged or hidden). We then stand a better chance of working with all women in ways that promote healing. I found this book very helpful.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Able to breathe on June 27, 2008
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This book was a good read for survivors of sexual trauma and abuse. There is very little out there that understands the triggers that a natural process like childbirth and pregnancy brings up in a survivor. This book really addressed survivor issues and needs. It also identified triggers and issues that may have been lurking in someone's mind but not necessarily identified. The book also differentiates the concepts between those people who have already disclosed and have gone thru some type of therapy and those who have not yet disclosed.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Des on February 24, 2012
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This book is a must read for people helping any child bearing women. As a survivor myself, I found much of the first half of this book to be a trigger. If you are a survivor, be careful. This book has some good chapters, but I would only focus on the "self help" parts and stay away from the rest of it. It's made for health care persons, not survivors.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By CCW Freelance on December 6, 2009
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ESSENTIAL reading for anyone who attends a birth, ever. Practitioners, doulas, monitrice, family members, and mother's themselves need the information in this book. Countless women have recovered memories of abuse and assault DURING birth and yet so many people are unable to recognize it or respond to what is going on. As a labor doula, this book allowed me to discuss these issues beforehand and in the event of previously buried memories surfacing offer comfort and support during and after the birth (plus referrals to more help when needed).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2009
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Wow, what a fantastic book!! I am a mental health professional, birth educator, and nursing supporter. This book exceeded my expectations and opened my eyes to issues/triggers I had never thought of before. I used the book to speak at a conference for midwives and help them understand as well as change some of their thought processes. I would highly recommend this book to mental health professionals, birth attendants, survivors, and anyone else dealing with women's health issues.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By K. R. Elrod on July 24, 2012
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Perhaps this is just a personal issue, but this book was SO profoundly upsetting that I don't even want it in my house anymore. The issues are real for some women, but I must have overestimated my trauma. To be completely honest, what I decided would cure me of all my fears was simply an unassisted childbirth, where no stranger could even make me feel they would violate me. Simple, but she doesn't touch on that, and she should, because it's an option. It's all about dealing with hospitals and doctors...strangers standing austerely in bright light, which can be very difficult for trauma victims (and everyone else!)
Anyway, the point is: this book goes into pretty graphic detail of wrenchingly horrific experiences that I didn't enjoy reading. I'm not interested in reliving my trauma or being a spectator at someone else's. The tips were few and far between, but there was a glut of stories that made my jaw and shoulders ache from tension. I should've checked it out at the library, so i could have left it there.
That said, perhaps it's the right book for you...but be prepared for a serious downer.
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