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Birth Trauma Resolution

Birth Trauma Resolution

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was first diagnosed in soldiers returning from the Vietnam war. But we now realise that PTSD can develop after experiencing any traumatic event, such as child birth. It can also be experienced by those witnessing such events. Not all individuals will go on to develop the full PTSD after childbirth. Instead, they may develop a degree of the symptoms, which is known as birth trauma.

The experience of birth trauma is unique to that individual, as is the experience of the birth. Someone may have had the ‘perfect’ birth on paper but to them and their loved ones who were involved, it was a traumatic experience. Some have felt a loss of control or dignity, others a feeling of not being heard or not having had the opportunity to give their informed consent. Any of these scenarios can trigger the trauma.

Not everyone who has had a traumatic experience will suffer from PTSD but some will. It is a completely normal response and not a sign of weakness. It is also completely involuntary and cannot just be cured by pulling yourself together or focusing on the positives.

You may suffer from birth trauma or PTSD if:

  • You are experiencing the trauma again and again through flash backs, nightmares or intrusive thoughts
  • You are feeling anxious or panicky when you think of the birth
  • You experience an increase in physical symptoms e.g. IBS
  • You avoid feeling or memories
  • You avoid thinking of the trauma because it is too distressing
  • You avoid activities, places or people that remind you of the birth
  • You find it hard to remember important parts of your birth
  • You lost interest in activities that you used to enjoy
  • You feel disconnected from friends and families
  • You are unable to express loving feelings towards children, friends or family
  • You feel no hope
  • You have no positive thoughts about the future
  • You are feeling alert all the time
  • You are feeling on edge
  • You have difficulty falling and staying asleep
  • You feel irritable or experience outbursts of anger
  • You have difficulty in concentrating
  • You are constantly watching out for danger
  • You are feeling jumpy all the time
  • You exhibit self-destructive behaviour or recklessness

Birth trauma and PND can overlap with regard to symptoms. Therefore, some women can be wrongly diagnosed and, hence, wrongly treated. If you believe that you have been misdiagnosed, you should contact your GP.

This therapy is designed to offer quick and effective relief from the symptoms of birth trauma and PTSD. It is a solution-focused therapy that allows the practitioner to turn a trauma memory into an ordinary memory with no longer triggering of any negative symptoms.

This treatment works in as few as 2 to 4 treatments, thus allowing the individual to enjoy motherhood (or fatherhood) and family life once again.

As a practitioner, I am trained to treat not only women, but also partners and birth companions, as sometimes those that witness birth can experience extensive trauma as well.

The therapy will begin with a session where you can discuss the birth experience and what, in your opinion, has resulted in your birth trauma. This allows us to decide where the focus of the therapy should be at this time. This is not set in stone and will alter with each session, if needed. We will discuss breathing techniques to help you relax and enable you to reduce any symptoms of anxiety and panic. We will also develop a personalised guided relaxation download for you to listen to and practice at home.

Following on from this, we will remove the negative emotions attached to your birth experience and allow you to remember your birth without triggering these emotions. It is important to note that we will not only look at the birth but also before and after-birth events. For some people, the trauma may have occurred during the postnatal period.

We will then look at any other areas of your life that may have been affected by the trauma and help to rebuild these areas as well e.g. rebuild confidence in your abilities.

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