Maternal Health

Birth Trauma, Breastfeeding, and Postpartum Care

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Provide compassionate and effective care to mothers and infants

Learning Objectives for this CEU course

  • Describe how birth trauma can influence perinatal mental health and impact on occupational participation

  • Analyze information from pregnancy and labor medical history to describe their impact on occupational participation and performance

  • List 3 validated screening tools for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

  • Identify the correlation between perinatal mental health and participation in the co-occupation of breastfeeding

  • Analyze information from the perinatal assessment to determine the most appropriate interventions for co-regulation

  • Identify 3 components of trauma-informed care that can be used within practice that support the perinatal population

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Module 1 - 20 minutes

Get Cozy

  • Introduction
  • OT Role
  • "The Disconnect"
Module 2 - 1 hour 50 minutes

Pregnancy & Birth

  • Physiology of pregnancy
  • Impact of Movement, Nutrition, Sleep, and Mental Health on Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Story: Ectopic
  • Pregnancy Story:¬†Intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP)
  • Birth Story: Hospital Birth with Cesarean
  • Birth Story: Home Birth
  • Birth interventions
  • Birth trauma
Module 3 - 1 hour 9 minutes

Introduction to Postpartum

  • Hormones
  • Organ systems
  • Complications
  • Maternal mental health
  • Influences on breastfeeding
  • Birth Story: Postpartum Care after Loss
Module 4 -  1 hour 41 minutes

Maternal Health Interventions

  • Approach & Ideas
  • Review of Traditional Based Care
  • Framework¬†to Bring Traditional Practice to Modern¬†Day
  • Establishing a Trauma-informed Practice
  • Co-Regulation (practitioner with parent)
  • Co-Regulation (parent with baby)¬†
  • ¬†Course Wrap-Up
Module 5 - BONUS

Listen to Birth Stories

  • Hospital birth 1
  • Home birth 1
  • Home birth 2


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Course Instructor



Dairian received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine and completed her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Illinois at Chicago. A lover of biomechanics, Dairian immediately specialized in hand therapy post-graduation.

After years in hand therapy (private practice and outpatient hospital), she transitioned from splints and casting to postpartum support and feeding babies. Motherhood will do that to you. Immediately after the birth of her first child, Dairian trained in traditional postpartum care and homeopathy. Determined to provide equitable care for lactation after her own racially biased care, she completed the CLEC program. 

Dairian continued to receive further certification as a newborn care specialist as well as multiple manual therapy techniques. She is a passionate advocate for Black maternal health equity ‚Äď providing high-quality, highly specialized, accessible care within her community.

Dairian lives in Los Angeles, CA with her husband, son, daughter, and family pet, Fire Dragon, a bearded dragon lizard.

‚ÄúMy mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style‚ÄĚ -Maya Angelou

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is this maternal health course intended for?

  • Occupational Therapy practitioners (OT and COTA)
  • Speech-Language Pathologists (SLP)
  • Physical Therapy Practitioners (PT and PTA)

Are there prerequisites for this course?

There is no required coursework needed before enrolling in this course.


As a therapist, can I count this course toward my 90 hours of lactation-specific education?

Absolutely! This course is approved for 5 L-CERPs. To receive credit for completion, the course must be completed with 100% watch time and each participant will need to complete a post-assessment with a passing score of at least 80% to ensure all learning objectives are met.


Information about AOTA CEUs

This course is approved for 0.5 AOTA CEUs. Participants will be required to:

  • Complete the course in its entirety (100% of the course watched)
  • Complete a multiple-choice post-assessment with a passing score of at least 80%¬†(untimed test)

Information about ASHA CEUs

This course will be available for 0.5 ASHA CEUs.

To receive ASHA CEUs, participants will be required to:

  • ¬†Ensure you are eligible to receive ASHA CEUs!¬†Click here for more information
  • Complete the course in its entirety (watch time is tracked by the learning management system)¬†
  • Complete the multiple-choice post-assessment with a passing score of at least 80% (untimed test, 3 retakes)
  • There is no option for partial credit

Information for Physical Therapists about PT CEUs

APTA does not approve individual companies and you will need to check with your state for online course requirements. To best prepare you can save the following:

  • The certificate of completion that will be provided
  • List of references
  • A copy of the assessment questions

How long will I have access to the course?

You will have access for 6 months from the purchase date. 


What is your refund/cancellation policy?

Refunds must be requested within 14 days of purchase by emailing¬†[email protected]. A¬†full refund is available if no modules have been started. A partial refund is available once¬†ANY¬†portion of the course has been viewed.¬†The amount refunded is at the sole discretion of The Lactation OT LLC.¬†There is¬†no refund available after 14 days¬†of purchase¬†OR if module one has been completed.¬†Recipients will receive acknowledgment of refund requests within 3 business days. If the request is valid per the terms listed above, the refund will be processed within 7 business days.¬†If for any reason the course is canceled by¬†The Lactation OT before the course is started, a¬†full refund¬†will be provided.¬†


How do I request special accommodation?

Please send us an email at¬†[email protected]¬†at least 14 days before starting the course with further details of your request.

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