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  • Writer's pictureDurham Lamaze

Trauma-informed Approach

What is trauma-informed?

Be trauma-informed is to recognize that trauma is very common in people's lives. Simply put,

“There's a story behind every person. There's a reason why they are the way they are. They aren't just like that because they want to be. Something in the past created them, and sometimes it is impossible to fix... ― Hanny Quinn

Center for Disease Control and Prevention stated that one in four women has experienced domestic violence in the US, and one in five women younger than 10 was raped (Tober, 2018). In addition, discrimination, neglect, and abuse account for much more trauma. Approximately 70% of people have been exposed to at least one traumatic event during the course of their lifetime, and from that, 8% developed Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (Bellenbaum et al., 2018). In other words, many people have experienced serious trauma at some point in their lives. There is a story behind each person.

Childbirth is one of the life events that are stressful for most birthing individuals; however, one group of individuals that is more vulnerable to experience distress are the ones that have been a victim of sexual abuse.

Can we tell who has trauma?