The Post-Congress Workshop is a separate paid event following the Congress and is not included with Congress registration.


Post-Congress Workshop 1

Rumyana Kudeva, "Disenfranchised Grief and Loss of the Dreamed-of Birth"


Check-in: 12:45pm - Please be seated by 1:00 pm

Workshop: 1:00- 5:00pm

4-Hour Certificate Training–Level One
Open to professionals and families

Available CE Credits
ACOG   [medical]  
CES      [mental / behavioral health]
ICEA     [childbirth educator / doula]   
NBCMB [massage therapy / bodywork]
IMUSA   [infant massage]


Brief Bio: Rumyana Kudeva is an assistant professor of Social Work at Eastern Washington University. She holds a clinical license in social work from NJ where she lived and practiced social work for 11 years before moving to Washington State in 2016 to teach at EWU. She has earned her BSW and MSW from Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski", Bulgaria and DSW in Clinical Social work from University of Pennsylvania. Rumyana’s clinical and scholarly interests include women's reproductive rights and mental health, perinatal social work, trauma and grief, trauma-informed interventions and systems, and interdisciplinary studies and approach to holistic healthcare.

Title of Presentation: "Disenfranchised Grief and Loss of the Dreamed-of Birth"

Brief Description of Presentation: This presentation describes the lived experience of disenfranchised grief in women after the loss of their dreamed-of-birth. Drawing from women’s unique stories and different psychotherapeutic theories, it identifies ways in which we can offer support.


Learning Objectives:

1) Describe the characteristics of the dominant Western maternity system and childbirth in U.S.

2) Recognize risk factors for experiencing negative childbirth.

3) List characteristics of disenfranchised grief and loss which can occur during or post childbirth, and identify social and cultural influences on them.

4) Utilize interventions or techniques from different psychological theories to support women’s healing and coming to terms with their birth experiences.


Selected Bibliography:

  1. Doka, K. (1989). Disenfranchised grief: recognizing hidden sorrow. Wiley & Sons.
  2. Gamble, J., & Creedy, D.K. (2009). A counselling model for postpartum women after distressing birth experiences. Midwifery, 25(2), e21-e30.
  3. Kitzinger, S. (2006). Birth crisis. Abingdon: Routledge.
  4. Lyerly, A.D. (2013). A good birth: Finding the positive and profound in your childbirth experience. New York, NY: Penguin Group.
  5. Madsen, L. (1994). Rebounding from childbirth: Toward emotional recovery. Westport, Connecticut: Bergin & Garvey
  6. Mauger, B. (2000). Reclaiming the spirituality of birth. Healing for mothers and babies.
  7. Soliday, E. (2012). Childbirth in a technocratic age: The documentation of women’s expectations and experiences. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.  

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