Trauma means a wound, serious injury or damage; it can be physical or psychological (deeply disturbing and distressing).
The delivery of a baby can be a positive experience for some women, but for others it can be very negative, resulting in physical and/or psychological injuries (trauma). The psychological trauma may be the result of an extreme disconnect between a woman’s expectations of what would happen and the shock of what actually occurred. It may also relate to feelings of loss of control and a sense of not having a ‘voice’ in the face of authority, and unexplained interventions, as well as to the physical damage.
Thus it is important to note that some women may have severe emotional distress after a traumatic birth, although they did not have physical birth injuries.
Find out more about the different types of trauma, the signs and symptoms and the care and support you are able to access and receive.
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