Birth Trauma is when a person experiences or perceived that they or their baby were in danger of injury or death during the birthing experience. Having a traumatic birth can leave you feeling powerless, confused, fearful, and unheard. Many also feel that they just need to “get over” their feelings and move on. The fact is if you or your baby were in danger that is a terrifying experience and one that is difficult to work through sometimes without the gentle guidance of a professional. Please know that we SEE you and your experience and want to walk alongside you as you heal.
Birth Trauma can occur for many reasons which include (but not limited to): not feeling heard or listened to by medical providers, unexpected C-Section, pre-eclampsia, near death experiences for mom or baby, medical treatments that occurred during delivery that you did not want, among others.
Acknowledging and processing birth trauma is an essential step toward healing. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, or avoidance of anything reminding of the traumatic birth. Seeking professional help and support is a positive step in overcoming the effects of birth trauma.
Remember, you are not alone in this journey, and there is compassionate support available every step of the way.
Birth trauma, the loss of a baby during pregnancy or following delivery is a heart breaking experience. There are no words in the English language that adequately capture the pain that parents feel after this loss. Please know that there is no right or wrong way to grieve and this is particularly true with significant others. One partner may cry daily, while the other has yet to shed a tear. Grief shows up differently for everyone. We are here to hold a safe space for you to grieve the loss and to process your experience.