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Help for new moms coping with trauma

A program of Growing Forward Together and the University of Michigan

What is Survivor Moms' Companion?

Survivor Moms' Companion is a psychoeducational program designed to help women with a history of childhood maltreatment and other trauma break the cycles of abuse and psychiatric vulnerability in their lives and the lives of the newly born.

In the US and globally, one in five women has a history of childhood maltreatment (physical, sexual, emotional abuse and/or neglect).

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20% of women have PTSD at some point in their lives.

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8% of pregnant women have PTSD.

The “4 trimesters” of the childbearing year—from early pregnancy to the postpartum period—is the ideal time to break the cycle of abuse and maltreatment.

Offering SMC In Your Agency

SMC is offered at three levels—as agencies sponsoring the curriculum, as tutors trained in the curriculum and as supervisors overseeing the administration of the curriculum.

Moms Talking About SMC

I liked it because it helped a lot [with] emotions during pregnancy. I'm glad I said yes to the program.

I enjoyed the vocabulary. It allowed me to talk to different people about it. It allowed me to feel safe giving birth.

This was the most helpful thing I did during pregnancy. It made a big difference, particularly the vignettes—a bigger difference than I expected.

It was a really great experience. I learned a lot about myself; that I have trust issues. Some of those things are PTSD-related. I didn't test positive [for PTSD], but I was close.

Help your clients determine whether Survivor Moms' Companion is right for them.

Read the PDF available here to help your clients decide if Survivor Moms' Companion is right for them.

Our Partners

Our work is supported by and in cooperation with these partner organizations and universities:

Interested in learning more about Survivor Moms’ Companion and upcoming trainings?

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Survivor Moms' Companion
A Growing Forward Together Program
2375 W. Stadium Blvd. #1974
Ann Arbor, MI 48107