A new study by the University of Kent into the causes of Post Natal Depression has found that women who experience birth complications are 174% more likely to suffer from PND. Approximately 50% of women in the UK experience 'red flag' experiences during childbirth and these can often be deeply traumatic and overwhelming. As a … Continue reading A link between birth trauma and Post Natal Depression PND?
The stories we hear about childbirth, either from family, friends and the media effect how we view giving birth. There are so many conflicting thoughts and ideas, sometimes it hard to know what the ‘real’ truth is. What is birth really going to be like? What is the best approach? I thought I had it … Continue reading When your dreams of a natural birth are shattered.
What is the hidden cost of birth trauma? Many women experience frightening and life-threatening experiences giving birth often coupled with a lack of emotional support or any dignity. As one traumatised client told me “No one prepared me that childbirth could be a ‘proper’ trauma”. Let’s face it – who has the time to prepare … Continue reading The Hidden Cost of Birth Trauma
Unfortunately women who suffer birth trauma often find themselves isolated from a helpful support network. They may feel very distant from other new mothers who have had a different or perhaps appear to have had easier birth stories. Sometimes birth trauma recovery and letting go of what happened can feel impossible. Many women feel like … Continue reading Can you recover from birth trauma?
Anyone can experience Birth Trauma and may develop PTS (Post Traumatic Stress) symptoms. Many women will endure the threat of serious injury or death to themselves or their baby during childbirth and PTS symptoms are a very normal response to what has happened. Most of us only associate PTS with soldiers but these responses can … Continue reading What is Birth Trauma?
"there is now no doubt that some women develop post-traumatic stress reactions in response to childbirth-related trauma. This is a normal reaction to an extremely horrific event and consists of upsetting and intrusive memories, thoughts and dreams accompanied by attempts at emotional and behavioural avoidance from reminders" The Royal College of Midwives What is Childbirth … Continue reading Birth Trauma