Birth Trauma Consultation
After you have had your baby you may suffer with ‘baby blues’ which usually happens at day three, when your hormones reduce and you may feel low. Sometimes women have had an experience during childbirth which is traumatic, approximately 6% of women are diagnosed with traumatic stress after childbirth, also known as PTSD.
Unfortunately, it is believed that a further 20 – 25% of women have symptoms that go undiagnosed, particularly if they don’t meet the full criteria for PTSD and women are mistakenly diagnosed as having post-natal depression, PND.
These women may go to their doctor, and because women who suffer from birth trauma, often also feel depressed, may be prescribed anti-depressants. But unlike someone who is depressed, these women do not wake up in the morning feeling terrible lethargy, unable to motivate themselves and face the day. These women feel constantly on ’red alert’. They experience high levels of anxiety, panic attacks, have 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 Treatments £200
Cost is for 3 treatments with additional hours at £50 per hour.
Birth Trauma Treatment Additional Hour £50
Following an initial consultation, this additional hour consultation will support you further in your care plan.
Telephone Consultation £45
Up to an hour taking a full client history, determining the issue and designing a care plan for you to use to resolve the problems you are having in your pregnancy.
Telephone Support £25
Following an initial consultation, this half hour consultation will support you further in your care plan.