Birth Trauma Consultation
Following the birth of a baby it is normal for hormones to reduce and at day 3 you may feel low in mood and be suffering with ‘baby blues’. However, sometimes women have an experience during childbirth which is traumatic, and may be as a result of something that was said or done which can result in birth trauma. Symptoms can be so severe that some women (approximately 6%) are diagnosed with traumatic stress after childbirth, also known as PTSD.
This is a real condition (and one which few healthcare professionals know how to deal appropriately with) and unfortunately, it is believed that a further 20 – 25% of women have symptoms that go undiagnosed. This is particularly the case if they don’t meet the full criteria for PTSD and women are mistakenly diagnosed as having post-natal depression, PND.
Those who suffer from birth trauma may be prescribed anti-depressants, but this masks the problem and never treats the trauma. Unlike someone who is depressed, birth trauma suffers feel constantly on ’red alert’, experiencing high levels of anxiety, panic attacks, having flashbacks (reliving the traumatic birth as if it were happening now) and wake up in the night terrorised by their own nightmares.
Many women are too scared to own up to how they really feel, for fear that their baby will be taken away from them. Women suffering from PTSD may reject their baby, they may have feelings of wanting to harm the baby or end their own lives. Owning up to such feelings then becomes a hugely guarded secret, increasing feelings of isolation, that so often accompany symptoms of PTSD.
They may feel pressure to keep quiet about it as partners urge them to stop going on about it, triggered by their own feelings of being unable to help. They might be told things such as:
‘Can’t you put it behind you and be thankful that you have a healthy baby’
‘You were far too unrealistic about giving birth, you expected too much‘
‘It’s over now, you have such a beautiful baby, you need to forget about it and get on with your life and enjoy being a mother.’
Many will report still going through the motions of motherhood, but with a feeling of disconnect from the baby and a lack of the normal feelings of love. They may become overly anxious about their baby’s safety – hypervigilant. Feeling intense feelings of anxiety that something terrible is going to happen to their baby, constantly on the lookout for danger.
Birth Trauma Treatment £200
For women, birthing partners and health professionals who have experienced or witnessed birth trauma. This package aims to effectively treat birth trauma including PTSD symptoms in 3 consultations. We will discuss how the treatment works at your first consultation and why you are experiencing birth trauma. Our consultations will work towards reducing your symptoms. You will have an opportunity to discuss your experience (in a safe environment). Our final session will include support work to help you have confidence to move forward with your everyday life and feel positive about the future.
Birth Trauma Treatment Additional Hour £50
Following an initial consultation, this additional hour consultation will support you further in your care plan.