Specialist psychological therapy to process a difficult birth.
It can be challenging to know how to recover when you’ve experienced birth trauma. Even if your birth appeared to have been medically ‘straightforward’ to others, that doesn’t mean it wasn’t traumatic.
Perhaps you ended up having an emergency c-section after planning a water birth. Maybe there was a medical problem with you or your baby, or you felt ignored by people who were supposed to be caring for you. Instead of being joyful, as you had imagined it, your experience of giving birth felt lonely and frightening, and you are left doubting yourself.
None of that was your fault, and it wasn’t because you didn’t try hard enough.
Now, weeks or months afterwards, it may be impossible to stop remembering what happened, no matter how hard you try to avoid the reminders. On top of this, you also have a baby to take care of and all the pressure this brings. All of this takes such enormous energy, especially after trauma.
I know you want to feel happier when you think about your birth experience. It’s hard to talk about what happened, and people don’t understand.
I created Better Beginnings to help people like you with birth trauma therapy.
If you feel distressed about your birth experience, you are not alone. Around 25% of women report their birth as traumatic, typically because some aspect left them feeling helpless, frightened or believing they’ve failed. A percentage of these women experience trauma symptoms, and around 4% of mothers have PTSD as a result of a traumatic birth.
We all understand that sometimes childbirth just doesn’t go as planned. There can be a shocking turn of events. Suddenly, the midwives were rushing you to surgery instead of the hypno-birth you’d prepared for. Or the skin-to-skin contact you’d imagined couldn’t happen because you or your baby needed medical attention. And in those short, shocking moments, everything once imagined about meeting your baby is lost.
Very often, however, it is events around childbirth that contribute more to birth trauma than the process of the birth itself. One of the most significant factors is how women feel they were treated during labour, especially if they felt uncared for or dismissed by people who were supposed to be caring for them at such a vulnerable time. These are the invisible moments which can turn an upsetting birth into birth trauma.
Birth trauma happens at the point of a massive transition – the beginning of motherhood. New mothers are left feeling they have already failed at motherhood. And it can be impossibly hard to shift these negative thoughts without help.
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