Going through childbirth can be an intense and emotional experience.
And if it’s a difficult birth – like losing a lot of blood or requiring an emergency caesarean – then you may be left with lingering trauma.
This is called birth trauma — also known as postnatal PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) — and can affect moms, dads, and even midwives.
“Some women experience events during childbirth (as well as during pregnancy or immediately after birth) that would traumatize any normal person,” the Birth Trauma Association (BTA) stated on its website.
“For others, it is not always the sensational or dramatic events that trigger birth trauma, but other factors such as loss of control, loss of dignity, the hostile attitude of those around them, a feeling of not being heard, or a lack of informed consent to medical procedures.”
Due to Louise Thompson’s mental health issues, there has been a lot of talk about birth trauma in recent weeks.
The Made In Chelsea star gave birth to son Leo-Hunter last year and suffered complications during the birth – leaving her with birth trauma.
She’s now undergoing therapy and seeing a “reassuring doctor” after receiving some “alarming” blood test results that ultimately set her off.
If, like Louise, you think you might be suffering from birth trauma, the BTA says there are four main signs and symptoms to look out for.
- Those who suffer birth trauma often relive the traumatic events—through flashbacks, nightmares, or intrusive memories. This can make them desperate and panicky.
- It can also result in someone consciously avoiding situations that remind them of the trauma, such as B. refusing to walk past the hospital where he gave birth or avoiding meeting other women with new babies.
- Birth trauma is often hyper-vigilant—that is, constantly alert, irritable, and jittery. They also worry that something terrible will happen to their baby.
- They are also known to feel down and unhappy – as well as feeling guilty and often blaming themselves for their traumatic birth.
It may also be helpful to contact the hospital where you gave birth to ask for a postpartum consultation.
This includes talking to a doctor or midwife about what happened during your birth and allowing you to go through your birth certificates and ask any questions you need.
Your partner can go with you or you can go alone.
Mum Vicky told Tommys.org that she arranged one of the appointments after her difficult birth and found it very helpful.
“We spoke to the head midwife, who went through my notes and explained everything that had happened, including why I was in the theater longer than usual,” she said.
“It gave us the opportunity to make suggestions for improving communication with the parents, which they took up and reassured us on a few questions.”
Sometimes when women go to a doctor for counseling about birth trauma, they are misdiagnosed as having postnatal depression.
But it’s important to make it clear that you feel you are struggling with birth trauma.
If you think it would be helpful, the BTA provides a leaflet to take with you to the doctor. You can find it here.
In addition to your doctor, you can also talk to your healthcare advisor, your midwife, and friends and family about your situation.
https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5703896/four-key-signs-suffering-birth-trauma-where-help/ Four key signs you may be suffering from birth trauma and where to get help