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Trauma, Traumatic Birth, and Recovery

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Trauma, Traumatic Birth, and Recovery
By Amy Meister-Stetson - ImprovingBirth.org’s Trauma Care Coordinator

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Hypnobabies friends at ImprovingBirth.org wrote this informative article about birth trauma, and recovery ~
bigstock Newborn Rough Towels Cleaned up 2364114-2“I looked fine because of the epidural, but I went to a very dark place in my mind, having flashbacks about being victimized in childhood. I was freaking out inside, feeling helpless about keeping my baby safe in that moment, but nobody knew it. It was horrible. Now that I’m pregnant again, I’m terrified of it happening a second time.”

This mother’s experience is far too common, as many women are left with feelings of numbness, grief, shame, guilt, or sadness, and experience nightmares or flashbacks after giving birth. The well-intentioned cheer “at least you have a healthy baby” can feel dismissive and even cruel to the women who feel shattered by their births.

According to Cheryl Beck, author of Traumatic Childbirth, birth trauma is defined as “an event occurring during the labor and delivery process that involves actual or threatened serious injury or death to the mother or her infant. The birthing woman experiences intense fear, helplessness, loss of control and horror.” She also probably feels stripped of her dignity and autonomy.  You can read the rest of this very informative article HERE.

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