Birth Trauma

Often labeled as PTSD, birth trauma occurs during and after childbirth. Some women experience events during childbirth that would traumatize any normal person. Research into this area is limited, but there is a growing number of women reporting symptoms that contribute to feelings of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Risk factors include: lengthy and or painful labor, induction, feelings of loss of control, lack of information or inclusion, fear for self and baby’s safety, stillbirth and poor postnatal care. Awareness about this problem varies greatly and finding a mental health professional that is familiar with this diagnosis is crucial when seeking help to heal from this specific form of trauma.

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