Can you heal from birth trauma?
In one word - Yes!! Each persons journey is individual and its important to honour and recognise that.
How do I know if my birth was traumatic?
Recurring thoughts about your babys birth, avoidance of hearing and sharing birth stories, increasing anxiety, feelings of anger, shame, guilt and failure are just some of the intrusive and heavy feelings and symptoms women can experience after a difficult of traumatic birth.
If you identify with these symptoms or feelings, even if you don’t think your birth was ‘bad enough’ to warrant getting help - Please don’t suffer in silence as this is a big part of the problem.
30% of new parents recognised their birth as traumatic, prior to lockdowns and the births and babies affected by maternity care protocols etc during COVID 19. Trauma is in the eye of the beholder. If you experienced birth as difficult or traumatc then it was a difficult/traumatic birth.
My birth wasn't traumatic but I have found the postnatal period incredibly hard.? The thoughts of having another baby fills me with fear and dread?
Sometimes perinatal difficulties or trauma is limited to one event like birth. Very often however, people have experiences of lots of different challenges which deeply impacts them in terms of considering having another baby. It is common for mothers (and fathers) to recognise the fears and anxieties resurface at the prospect of having another baby. These anxieties or fears may be related to their last experiences related to giving birth, feeding, reflux or NICU, to name a few. Rewind can work on all of these issues.