Perinatal Mental Health and Sexual Abuse
Childhood sexual abuse has major impacts on one's life, not only in childhood, but over the lifespan. Often, people are unaware that the effects of sexual abuse will often resurface in the perinatal period. This presentation will explore the unique dynamics that survivors of sexual abuse may encounter during their reproductive journey and in parenthood.
1. Identify common symptoms of childhood sexual abuse
2. Review how symptoms of sexual abuse can present in the perinatal period
3. Discuss ways clinicians can facilitate survivors in coping with lingering trauma from sexual abuse
4. Explore case examples of survivors in various stages of their reproductive/parental journey