Birth Trauma Resources
Between 25 and 34 percent of women report that their births were traumatic. A birth is said to be traumatic when the individual & believes the mother’s or her baby’s life was in danger, or that a serious threat to the mother’s or her baby’s physical or emotional integrity existed. (www.pattch.org)
Stress caused by a traumatic pregnancy and delivery can often override the ability to emotionally cope, leading to psychiatric complications such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post-partum depression (PPD). Suffering a serious illness, combined with an unexpected caesarean section, birth of a premature child, or infant loss, is a heavy burden to bear both physically and psychologically. Here are some resources for maternal mental health.
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Need to understand exactly what happened without dredging through your medical files? Ask your doctor to fill out this summary form to facilitate a discussion of exactly what happened.
Looking for a trauma informed provider? From OBs and Doulas to Counselors here is a directory.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched and has demonstrated effectiveness for trauma. Find an EMDR therapist here.
Consider journaling. By writing things down, you can temporarily dissociate yourself from the world and start to chart your road to recovery. Write in it every day, even if it is only to state three good things that have happened that day. We recomend the Recovery State of Mind Journal by The Shades of Blue Project.
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