5:00 – 7:00pm (2hrs)
This presentation starts with the question: How can we use psychodrama in pregnancy and labour? I will present ideas and techniques exploring how psychodrama can be used in the labour ward with mothers and their partners. I will explain how psychodrama is used with medical staff including obstetricians, nurses, midwives and doulas.
If the process of labour stops or is prolonged, from the medical point of view there may be no option other than medical intervention. But if we use psychodrama in labour, there are more options. Why psychodrama? To begin with, during labour, psychodrama can help the woman to feel lots of sensations, without having to focus on words and talking. She can be helped to enter a kind of stage where there are no words. In assisting her, we should not ask questions, but we can just feel empathically connected with her. We can help her to feel what is going on in her body and to trust her body. It is also helpful to use role reversal and doubling with the baby and with some other roles.
In this presentation, I will explain my practice during the past ten years as a birth psychodramatist. I will explain my role in collaborating with the team doctor and midwife as a Birth with No Regret team in Istanbul, Turkey. I have supported nearly 300 births as a birth psychodramatist, including natural births, water births, lotus births and caesarean births. As a result of this teamwork, we have decreased the caesarean rate and increased parents’ satisfaction with the experience of giving birth. I am happy to open this space for my colleagues all over the world and to introduce this new area for psychodrama.
Neşe Karabekir is an Individual and Group Therapist, and a Psychodrama Therapist and Trainer. She is also a Birth Psychotherapist, a Birth With No Regret Educator, a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, an Active Birth Educator, and a HypnoBirthing Educator. Based in Turkey, Neşe has a BA in psychology from Istanbul University and a Masters degree in Psychological Counselling Studies from Keele University, UK. She is one of the founders of the Istanbul Psychodrama Institute (1996) and the Istanbul Birth Academy (2010). She is a Trainer/Educator and Practitioner of psychodrama. She is one of the main trainers of the IDA (Istanbul Birth Academy) Certified Childbirth Education – Doula and Birth Psychotherapist training. Neşe has been working in Istanbul as an individual and group therapist for 30 years and has lectured at many national and international conferences. She and her partner, Dr. Hakan Çoker, have established Birth with no Regret Birth Education and Birth Team (Doctor, Midwife, Birth Psychologist). Neşe is a member of APPPAH (Assoc. of Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Health), ISPPM (International Society of Prenatal Psychology and Medicine), ENCA (European Network of Childbirth Associations), EDN (European Doula Network), FEPTO (Federation of European Psychodrama Training Organisations), and EAP (European Association of Psychotherapy). She is a president of Hand to Hand for Birth Associations and vice-president of ISPPM. Recently she has been awarded the 2019 Educator Award for the APPPAH.