Trauma or Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) symptoms are caused by the mind trying to make sense of the story when the body/mind system was overwhelmed. Trauma might be caused by a specific event like a car crash, or by many smaller events eventually building up and overloading the system - such as abuse or continued … Continue reading What is trauma?
Three of the key symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress after Childbirth Re-experiencing the event Physical sensations - pain, nausea, sweating Nightmares Flashbacks - involuntarily and vividly re-living what happened during the birth Repetitive and upsetting images or sensations Constant negative thoughts, self questioning, guilt and shame 'why didn't I take more control?' "My body has … Continue reading Post Traumatic Stress after childbirth
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