When Survivors Give Birth Facilitators

These facilitators have been trained by Penny and Phyllis and are approved to offer the workshop.
Penny Simkin When Survivors Give Birth

Penny Simkin, PT

Author, founder

Phyllis Klaus When Survivors Give Birth

Phyllis Klaus, MFT, LCSW

Author, Founder

Selena Shelley

My passion for working with women during the perinatal period, along with my training as a psychotherapist, then led me to working with pregnant and postpartum trauma survivors.  In 2011, I formalized this work and accepted an invitation to become a Certified From Trauma to Triumph Trainer; I now train professionals throughout North America in working with pregnant, birthing, and postpartum trauma survivors.

Kicki Hansard When Survivors Give Birth

Kicki Hansard

Kicki Hansard is a certified birth and postnatal doula with experience in all aspects of pregnancy, childbirth and early parenting.  During the last 12 years, she has been preparing couples for the arrival of their baby and supported many of them through the birth and postnatal period.  Kicki is also a doula course facilitator and has trained over 500 aspiring doulas.

Elizabeth Johnson


Elizabeth M. Johnson, MA is a trauma educator who helps people understand the connection between intimate abuse and sexual & reproductive health and how to implement trauma sensitive practices. Elizabeth has spent her career in coaching, education and crisis intervention and now offers one-of-a-kind trainings designed specifically for helping professionals. She also facilitates a free, weekly peer support group for sexual survivors in Durham, North Carolina. Elizabeth has worked with abuse survivors for over 10 years and at three victim services agencies. She has a Masters of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from Southern Connecticut State University.

Georg’ann Cattelona

Georg’ann has been working as a doula and childbirth educator since 1994. She was one of the founders of Bloomington Area Birth Support and has guided its development as a vital resource for pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding, serving families in south central Indiana. Georg’ann is a DONA-approved Birth Doula Trainer, a DONA-certified Birth Doula, and a Lamaze-certified Childbirth Educator. She also advocates for doulas on the national level, serving on the Expert Panel for HealthConnect One’s Community-Based Doula Leadership Institute.

Sharon Storton

Registered Psychologist, Registered Social Worker, LMFT
Sharon specializes in family attachment, postpartum depression, and trauma recovery. Sharon has been trained by the Gottman Institute, as well as the Calgary Family Therapy Centre, to work with couples and families in distress. Sharon now works as a clinical supervisor for a family violence recovery program in Calgary, and is building a private practice supporting individuals and families at the Citta Psychological Services Centre in Calgary.

Carol Roberts

Carol has been practicing as a Registered Nurse in the specialty of Obstetrical Nursing since 1968. As a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, Fellow of Academy of Certified Childbirth Educators, DONA Certified Birth Doula and Birth Doula Trainer her life work is to educate and support all women toward an empowering pregnancy and birth. Early in her nursing career she helped a hospital in Toledo, Ohio and one in Medina, Ohio establish Family Centered Maternity Care. She also started the first Lamaze classes at both hospitals. Carol has supported families as a Birth Doula since 1968 and has been a DONA Certified Birth Doula and DONA Birth Doula Trainer for many years. She has used her expertise as an educator and advocate for women in many states of the US as well as India. Carol was approved as a WSGB Facilitator in 2015. Her heart passion is to empower and bring hope and healing to women who have a burden of trauma either from a pregnancy loss or abuse.