‘ Birth trauma ‘ is distress experienced by a mother during or after childbirth . While trauma can be physical (see Birth injury), it is often emotional and psychological. Birth trauma is not just about what happened during labour and the birth . It can also refer to how you, as the mother, are left feeling afterwards.
Recovering from a traumatic birth Do not judge yourself. Seek practical support. Seek out and accept emotional support. Acknowledge the feelings you may have toward your baby. Talk to someone. Consider the impacts upon your relationship. Try and obtain details of what actually happened. Do not blame yourself.
Approximately 9% of women experience postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder ( PTSD ) following childbirth . Most often, this illness is caused by a real or perceived trauma during delivery or postpartum.
Trauma is the physical, emotional and psychological response when a person experiences high levels of fear or stress without having the chance to escape or mobilise (move away). Trauma is a stress response that remains frozen in time within the person.
Head and brain injuries during birth Head injury is the most common birth -related injury . Head molding is not an injury . Molding refers to the normal change in shape of the baby’s head that results from pressure on the head during delivery. In most births , the head is the first part to enter the birth canal.
Babies and toddlers are directly affected by trauma . They are also affected if their mother, father or main caregiver is suffering consequences of the trauma . If their home and routine becomes unsettled or disrupted as a result of the trauma , babies and toddlers are also vulnerable.
Symptoms of birth trauma (postnatal PTSD) This can mean refusing to walk past the hospital where you gave birth , or avoiding meeting other women with new babies . Feeling hypervigilant: this means that you are constantly alert, irritable and jumpy. You worry that something terrible is going to happen to your baby.
The type of behaviour parents may observe in their children related to birth trauma may be: – aggression, excessive anger, anxiety , nervousness, not relating to other siblings or parents, insecurity, hanging on or excessive pleasing, stuck in fears like sleeping in the dark, excessive screaming or crying, not eating
While rare, some openings are too narrow for even a small infant to get through. If you have been told you have a small pelvis, you will be encouraged to labor and give your pelvis a chance to stretch as the infant starts the descent to the pelvic opening.
Common symptoms of PTSD vivid flashbacks (feeling like the trauma is happening right now) intrusive thoughts or images. nightmares. intense distress at real or symbolic reminders of the trauma. physical sensations such as pain, sweating , nausea or trembling.
Brizendine said these daymares afflict about half of new moms and typically last three to six months post-birth.
What is trauma? Acute trauma: This results from a single stressful or dangerous event. Chronic trauma: This results from repeated and prolonged exposure to highly stressful events. Examples include cases of child abuse, bullying, or domestic violence . Complex trauma : This results from exposure to multiple traumatic events.
No, but with effective evidence-based treatment, symptoms can be managed well and can remain dormant for years, even decades. But because the trauma that evokes the symptoms will never go away , there is a possibility for those symptoms to be “triggered” again in the future.
Suffering from severe fear, anxiety, or depression. Unable to form close, satisfying relationships. Experiencing terrifying memories, nightmares, or flashbacks. Avoiding more and more anything that reminds you of the trauma .