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How Trauma Impacts the Pregnant Body: An East Meets West Approach

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Who is this course for:

This is a sixteen-hour course for professionals who work with, or are interested in working with/learning more about reproductive health through a trauma-informed lens while integrating use of the body.

These professionals may work with people who are trying to conceive, greiving a loss (miscarriage, abortion), pregnant or postpartum (including partners), parents, and of course those who have experienced trauma through these life processes.

Professionals will be coming from a broad array of fields including: mental health, medical (psychiatrists, obgyns, midwives), non-medical birth-work (doulas/birth companions), massage therapy, yoga, chiropractic, acupuncture, etc.


To learn more about each instructor, click here.

How Trauma Impacts Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum

Alexis Edwards, LCSW, CD, TCYM

1. Anxiety on High: Supporting Pregnant People During the First Trimester


2. How Trauma Impacts the Pregnant Body: An East Meets West Approach

- Nityda Gessel, LCSW, E-RYT, TIYT

1. Intersectional Trauma-Informed Prenatal Care: Understanding Systemic Influences That Create Health Disparities for Families of Color


2. Intersectional Trauma-Informed Prenatal Care: Understanding Systemic Influences That Create Health Disparities for LGBTQIA+* Families

Courtney Butts, LMSW, Certified BEST Doula

Trauma Informed (Self) Care for the Ethically NonMonogamous: Trauma, Connection, Relationships & Community

Scout Chavers, RYT, Social Justice Doula

Know Your Peace: Discovering Peace in Parenthood with Mind, Heart, & Body

Julia Britt, LSSP, TCYM


1.Embodiment and Healing in The Fourth Trimester


2. Activating Your Inner Jaguar: Your Nervous System and Birth

Kimberly Johnson, best-selling author of The Fourth Trimester: A Postpartum Guide to Healing Your Body, Balancing Your Emotions and Restoring Your Vitality.

Trying to Conceive from the Heart: Supporting Infertility, Grief & Healing

Debbie Radzinsky, LCSW

Creating Secure Infant and Parent Bonding and Attachment

Margarita Peredes, PsyD

Consent, Trauma-Informed Touch and Dismantling Systemic Barriers for Birthing People

Tierra Danae, E-RYT

The Postpartum Health Journey

Lynsey Lomeli LCSW-S, CDWF, TCYM

Course Curriculum

  Welcome to Trauma-Conscious Reproductive Health for Mind, Embodiment and Soul
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  How Trauma Impacts the Pregnant Body: An East Meets West Approach
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  How Trauma Impacts Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum with Alexis Edwards
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  Anxiety on High: Supporting Pregnant People During the First Trimester with Nityda Gessel
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  Intersectional Trauma-Informed Care with Courtney Butts
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  Trauma-Informed (Self) Care for the Ethically NonMonogamous with Scout Chavers
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  Know Your Peace: Discovering Peace in Parenthood with Mind, Heart, & Body with Julia Britt
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 Frequently Asked Questions

I am not a professional in one of the fields listed- can I still attend this training?

Yes, this training is open to everyone and if you happen to be trying to conceive, pregnant (or supporting a pregnant partner), or a parent the information discussed can have a healing impact when applied to your personal lie and those of your loved ones.

Are there pre-reqs to completing this course?

Yes, this is an advanced track so you should have already completed a trauma-training of some kind, TCYM or other, before attending this course. You should be entering with a thorough knowledge of trauma, its impact on the body-mind-soul, and trauma healing through the body. If you don’t already have this training please join us for TCYM first.

How long will it take me to complete this course?

There are approximately 16-hours of video lecture footage for this course.

Is this a prenatal yoga teacher training?

No. Prenatal Yoga TeacherTrainings range from 50-85 hours and certify those who are already certified/registered yoga teachers to teach prenatal yoga specifically. This professional training and certification provides professionals with study around how trauma impacts the reproductive health journey and ways in which providers can support trauma survivors to find healing and embodiment throughout this journey. Nityda is considering creating a trauma-informed prenatal yoga teacher training. Please write in if you would be interested in this training.

I’m already certified in prenatal yoga- why should I take this course?

Prenatal Yoga Teaching Certification is a wonderful thing that enables you to understand the miraculous changes to the pregnant body and how to best support those changes while teaching asana classes. This training goes further to provide information on how trauma impacts the pregnant mind-body-soul, as well as those who are trying to conceive, and postpartum. This training provides information around why it is important that we be trauma-informed when working with people along the reproductive health journey as well as how we can be trauma-informed as providers. In addition to enriching lecture content, this training you will learn yoga, somatic, and embodiment practices that you can use with your clients, regardless of your profession, to support them in healing trauma and living into their highest selves along the reproductive health journey.

Will I receive continuing education units (CEU’s/CE’s) for attending this course?

Currently TCYI can provide CE’s for Yoga Teachers across states, via Yoga Alliance, and Mental Health Professionals licensed in Texas State as social workers, professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and psychologists. All other licenses and states must check with their state licensing board to ascertain whether or not this course meets the license standards for CE approval.

Where can I see the course curriculum?

The course curriculum is listed above with all the faculty names and photos. You can also see a pdf version of our curriculum here.

What will I be certified in after completing this course?

After completion of the course you will be certified in Embodied Trauma-Conscious Reproductive Health by The Trauma-Conscious Yoga Institute. You will receive a certificate of completion stating this.

I am not a registered yoga teacher, can I take this training?

Yes! This training is open to EVERYONE! You do not need to be a yoga teacher or yoga therapist to attend. You do not need to be a birth professional, mental health professional, or any kind of professional to attend. Those who are will use this training professionally, but this training is incredibly informative for personal use- information that all people should have!

I am new to yoga. Can I take this training?

Yes! You do not need yoga experience to attend this training.

Are you accredited with Yoga Alliance?

Yes, you can upload your certificate of completion to the YA website.

How long will I have access to the online course?

Forever! You will have lifetime access to the training!

Are refunds available?

No. Nityda and the facilitators have poured their heart’s passion and soul energy into this training and we sense you’ll be able to feel that once you make your way through the course. You will gain lifetime access to the materials within the course and receive new bonus content when it is added to the course from time to time. That being said, we ask that you commit to your purchase- no refunds will be granted.

I can’t afford the training. Do you offer scholarships and/or work-study opportunities?

We typically do not offer scholarships but our training does go on sale several times a year. Please sign up for our newsletter to stay informed. We also offer work-study opportunities on occasion. The best option for those who want to attend but are concerned about the finances is to register using the payment plan option.

Do you offer payment plans?

Yes! You will see that this is the second payment option listed on this page.

How will I receive my certificate?

We will send you an electronic Certificate of Completion after you complete the course.

Will this training lead toward my 200-hour yoga certification?

It’s possible, but you need to check with the specific 200-hour program you intend on participating in to confirm (it is up to them). This training and all trauma-conscious yoga trainings are considered electives or specializations by Yoga Alliance. Most 200-hour yoga teacher trainings have a set curriculum that they abide by to meet Yoga Alliance’s standards for 200-hour certification. Trauma-informed yoga is not a part of Yoga Alliance’s 200-hour standard, however some 200-hour YTT’s will allow this training to count toward their completion.

Will I receive any course materials?

Yes, you will receive the full training manual, available for download!

Is the course content available or download?

The manual and pdf documents, audios of meditation and contemplative practices for you and your clients, and meditation scripts are available for download. The only content that is not available for download are the video lectures. This is to protect from copyright infringement or illegal distribution of the course content. Don't worry- you will have lifetime access to the videos and all course content.

Can I share this training and complete with a colleague(s)/friend(s)?

No, it is expected that each individual participating in the training will purchase the content for themselves. This course would not be possible if everyone shared the material instead of purchasing it for themselves. Please uphold the ethical principle of satya (truthfulness) on this. Thank you in advance.