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.

Local Experts in Birth Trauma

Crystal Peterson

Couples Therapy, Group Therapy, Individual Therapy

I was formerly a trauma researcher and have been published in the subject. I currently teach on birth trauma and trauma survivors to birth workers. Birth is an event that a woman never forgets. The brain also remembers certain details with incredible detail during a traumatic event. It's easy to see why a traumatic birth is hard to overcome on your own, but there is hope and you CAN get better.

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