What is Birth Trauma?
Each woman will have her birth experience dream, and then the reality. With many women who have experienced birth trauma, the disconnect between their ideal birth and the reality can make them feel broken and at fault and leave them in a vulnerable emotional state. Alongside psychological trauma, women may also have to manage physical injuries. We will help you understand the two types of birth trauma – physical and psychological. Each has a variety of signs and symptoms and the two can very much be intertwined, making their identification and management complex. With our guidance and support we hope you are able to recognise these signs and begin the journey with your loved one in the management and support you both require.
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Psychological Birth Trauma
Psychological trauma may be the result of an extreme disconnect between a woman’s expectations of what would happen and/or feelings of loss of control during her birth experience. This can be heightened as a result of physical damage. The shock of what actually happened can cause a number of psychological issues including mental health disorders, anxiety, and depression to name a few. It is important to note that some women may have severe emotional suffering after a traumatic birth, although they did not have physical birth injuries.
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