Survivor Moms
Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse

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Survivor Moms: Women's Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse

Survivor Moms: Women's Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse.
Mickey Sperlich, CPM, MA, and Julia Seng, PhD, CNM, Authors.
2008. Motherbaby Press. ISBN 978-1-890446-41-3
246 pages, paperback, $34.95

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Award: The American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) presented authors Mickey Sperlich, MA, CPM, and Julia S. Seng, PhD, CNM, with the 2009 Best Book Award. Chosen for its relevance, clarity, depth, accuracy and significant contribution to midwifery and women's health, Survivor Moms is a must-read.

One in four women is estimated to have been sexually assaulted at least once in her life.

  • How can a midwife or childbirth professional meet the unpredictable reactions of survivor moms who are under their care, physically and emotionally?
  • Are you prepared to receive a client with extra layers of challenges above the transformational process of childbearing?
  • How can partners or friends be supportive yet respectful of her limits?
  • Will you be able to respond to her emotional and physical needs so that her experience with childbearing, birthing and mothering will be the most rewarding for her and her child?
  • What can a survivor mom move toward healing?

Read the research of numerous professionals across various disciplines who address these questions and more. Find out directly from candid and eye-opening first-hand experiences of 81 women who have survived their abuse and are on their rocky but empowering journey toward awareness and healing.

Survivor Moms will educate readers about the effects of sexual abuse to women (and in some cases, men), and to show how its ripples can affect everyone in its wake.

Here is an excerpt from Katherine's story:

"When my water broke and the contractions began the pain in my womb felt to me like the pain of forced penetration. It felt like rape. I panicked. I was conscious enough to tell the midwife I was having rape flashbacks, but she was young and inexperienced and could not really offer any help…"

The gap between a survivor mom and those around her becomes evident when reading these rich pages. Beginning to understand is already the beginning of the healing process.


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