What is Birth Trauma?
Birth trauma is the distress that a mother undergoes during the birth of their child. This can be either physical or emotional, and it can have to do with the various parts of their pregnancy journey, including but not limited to the act of birth. Often, mothers have an idea of how things are going to go. It is normal to feel disappointed when the reality does not match expectations. However, birth trauma refers to how the mother is left feeling due to the labor and delivery. Birth trauma can emerge immediately during the event or develop sometime after the event. Unfortunately, birth trauma is often missed, especially in the case of an “overall good outcome.” While a healthy baby and healthy mom is the goal, sometimes important emotional trauma is overlooked.
Risk Factors for Birth Trauma
- The experience did not go as planned and did not meet your expectations in a significant way
- Experiencing complications during labor
- Needing an intervention during labor such as forceps, vacuum delivery, or an unplanned cesarean section
- Mom or baby suffering a birth injury (e.g., significant tearing during delivery requiring intervention)
- Baby needing medical attention after delivery, including NICU stays
- Difficulty with advocacy around your needs during the process
- Feeling trapped or having no choice during the delivery process
Birth Trauma is Fairly Common
According to Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth (PATTCh) “Between 25 and 34 per cent of women report that their births were traumatic.” While 1 in 4 women may experience birth trauma, birth trauma unfortunately is rarely discussed but the effects of it can linger for years. You may find yourself feeling shame, anger or resentment. You may ruminate over events and replay them in your head which brings negative feelings and emotions up from what was supposed to be one of the happiest days of your life.
Is There Therapy for Birth Trauma?
Yes! At Thriving Lane, our team of clinicians have experience in women’s mental health, including birth trauma and all the emotions that come with it. Above all, we prioritize your mental health. In our sessions, we blend conventional interventions with holistic approaches in order to ensure that your mental health is upkept and navigate your difficult experiences.
Why Can’t I Just Talk to My Friends or Family About My Issues?
While talking to friends and family can certainly help, it is important to talk further to a trained professional who can skillfully and without bias, address the difficulties you may be experiencing. Talking to a trained professional means that you will be guaranteed someone who has both academic experience and practical knowledge to be able to help you implement proven strategies to promote healing.
What Will Other People Say About Me?
In our society, there is a lot of stigma surrounding mental health and getting treatment in order to better your mental health. Although you may be scared to be judged by others for engaging in supports, the reality is that more people do it than you would expect! Therapy is just one tool in your tool box of achieving peace and being able to move forward in an intentional way. Your mental health and self-care is top priority as we understand how much of mental health informs physical health and our relationships as well as overall functioning. If you are even considering getting mental health support from a trained professional, err on the side of caution and try a couple of sessions. The worst that can happen is that you may not fully engage but through this process you will develop more insights about your needs, which is valuable in itself. As they saying goes, we miss 100 percent of the shots we don’t take!
Why Should I Choose ThrivingLane?
At Thriving Lane, our teletherapists and telepsychiatrists specialize in women’s mental health and have expertise in the unique challenges that many women face. In our online therapy and telepsychiatry sessions, we are able to find the roots of tensions and mitigate them. In addition, all of our sessions are virtual and the video sessions take place over a HIPAA secure telemedicine platform.
If you are interested in finding more about online therapy, holistic treatment and medication management in Florida, Georgia, Alaska, Nebraska and Minnesota, please follow these three simple steps.
- Call (347) 830 7720, click client portal on the top left side or hit the book now button to get in touch with Thriving Lane. Our staff will do a free 10-minute consultation to see how we can help.
- Connect with us through our newsletter and online content to help improve your mental health even if you aren’t ready for teletherapy, telemedicine, or telecounseling.
- Begin the journey to finding your inner peace and achieving your highest potential!