Some effects of a Traumatic Birth

Sometimes the physical and psychological symptoms are intertwined, one having an extreme impact on the other. We have listed a few effects here, but remember these may vary from woman to woman, so it is important to discuss everything and anything no matter how big or small with your healthcare professional.

The subsequent feelings and ability to cope with what has happened will be unique to each individual.

  1. Being believed about birth trauma and/or injuries is vital in dealing with emotional distress
  2. Distress can be exacerbated if you are not believed about physical pelvic floor and perineal injuries that have not been adequately assessed and treatment options given.
  3. Lack of interest in sex and relationship issues are fairly normal for most new parents, but these are prolonged in a trauma situation.
  4. Symptoms of pain, incontinence or prolapse may influence your relationship because often it is too embarrassing to explain physical damage to your partner.
  5. Coming to terms with the experience of childbirth may take longer than the mother, or those close to her, expected.
  6. If, as the months go by, the above signs and symptoms do not disappear, it is important to seek support from a health professional, for example a GP.
  7. Hoping that the feelings will go away, or assuming that they are not important will inevitably be unhelpful.
    There is support available.
  8. Sharing experiences with expert urogynaecologists or a specialist women’s health physiotherapist may help to make sense of what has happened.
  9. Correct diagnosis is important. These symptoms are not necessarily due to postnatal depression (PND) – although depression and anxiety are to be expected in these circumstances.