Perinatal Havening

Kimm Sun, a midwife from New York City has integrated Havening with her midwifery care since 2016, and discovered that Havening skills will allow midwives, doulas and birth workers to provide a truly holistic care to clients and their families. She aims to share her work with other birth workers, and make mental and emotional health care much more assessable to the birth community of NYC.

  • It is estimated that 15-21% of pregnant women experience moderate to severe symptoms of depression or anxiety (Wisner KL, Sit DKY, McShea MC, et al. JAMA Psychiatry 2013).
  • Approximately 21% of women experience major or minor depression following childbirth. (Wisner KL, Sit DKY, McShea MC, et al. JAMA Psychiatry 2013) Low income women and teens have rates up to 60% (Earls, M. Pediatrics 2010).
  • Up to 11% of new mothers experience Perinatal Panic Disorders. (Wenzel A. 2011).
  • An estimated 9% of women experience Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Disorder following childbirth (Beck C, et al Birth 2011).

Furthermore, the mechanisms on stress and its negative effects on the newborn has been well established. These effects include low birth weight and smaller head circumference, preterm birth, psychopathology, deficits in attention, neurodevelopmental changes, dysfunctional metabolism and changes to gut and brain due to the alterations of the mother's vaginal microbiome.

Birth workers are uniquely situated at the forefront of this crisis, enabling them to provide this much needed mental and emotional health care.

Kimm Sun is a Certified Nurse Midwife, a Nurse Practitioner, and a Certified Havening Practitioner. She owns a home birth practice in New York City and is also the creator of the Human Birth Project and The Intact Birth - social media sites aimed at empowering women through knowledge. She has presented on perinatal havening at the Havening Global Conference as well as the United Nations sponsored 2018 Commission on the Status of Women. She is also a global health volunteer who has taught midwifery skills in Haiti, Nepal and Vietnam.