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December, 2020
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The purpose of this article is to inform about trauma conditions and dissociative processes that are often present, yet buried in pregnant women’s consciousness due to defensive adaptation, and to provide information about the different types of screening tools designed to identify unsettled trauma in the mother. 

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Hidden, unresolved traumatic stress caused by childhood adverse experiences often impacts women before their childrearing years with implications for their prenatal bonding, obstetric experience, and their ability to parent children. The purpose of this article is to inform about trauma conditions and dissociative processes that are often present, yet buried in pregnant women’s consciousness due to defensive adaptation, and to provide information about the different types of screening tools designed to identify unsettled trauma in the mother. The Calming Womb Family Therapy Model (CWFTM) integrates questionnaire findings, trauma-informed interventions, and collaborative care to treat and prevent intergenerational trauma, and nurture relational attunement with parents and babies from conception through the first year after birthing.

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