Commonly Asked Questions About Traumatic Birth

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Traumatic Birth is as real as PTSD from combat.

We all know that childbirth is not easy, it can actually be very painful and drawn out. However, no matter how hard childbirth is most women view it as a pleasant experience, in addition to a miraculous process. However, not all women feel this way because what they experienced was nothing short of a nightmare. Now while a traumatic birth is not the norm, women who go through one should never feel like they are alone, others out there have had similar experiences.

Here is a look at the most commonly asked questions in regards to a traumatic birth.

What is considered a traumatic birth?
One of the hardest things to do is to put a definition to the term traumatic childbirth because of how different the process is for each woman. With this in mind, one woman can experience the same thing and only one of them might feel that it was a traumatic experience. However, to sum it up a traumatic childbirth is when the process does not go as you had hoped or it wasn’t anywhere near what you were expecting. With a traumatic childbirth, you might experience either trauma during the process or just might have a difficult labor. Some examples of a traumatic childbirth include severe tearing or having to have an assisted birth. Emotional scars can also happen if you feel like the hospital staff wasn’t listening to your wants and needs or if you felt like they were not supporting you.

What are the symptoms of a traumatic birth
Like all medical complications a traumatic birthing experience comes with its own set of symptoms. However, these symptoms are going to vary based on a woman’s experience and the woman herself. The reason why is because everybody processes and copes with things differently. However, if you experience any of the following symptoms you should contact your health care provider for help as soon as possible:
*Constantly thinking about and playing back the labor and birthing process
*Afraid to have more kids in the future due to the fact you are afraid of going into labor again
*Not being able t bond with your baby, as well as feeling guilty
*Postpartum depression
*No interest in sex, hard time with relationships, avoiding physical contact
*Feeling like you are not a good enough mom or thinking poorly about yourself

Will a traumatic birth lead to PTSD?
One of the real risks of a traumatic birthing experience is it turning into Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, also known as PTSD. In women who have experienced a traumatic birth it is often referred to as postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder, but the symptoms are generally the same. PTSD is when your behavior changes due to a traumatic event in your life, such as childbirth. These events often leave you feeling horrified, fearful, and even helpless. PTSD can happen to anybody, but some women are more likely to develop it than others are. For example, women who had an assisted birth are at a higher risk of developing PTSD than women who had an unassisted birth.

What are the signs of PTSD?
There are four common signs that you can look for to help determine if you are suffering from PTSD, although if you are experiencing any of these signs it is recommended that you speak to a health care professional right away. Remembering the event is probably the most common sign of PTSD. This memory can take place in the form of flashbacks, nightmares or dreams that cause you t relieve the event over and over again. Blocking out the events is also quite common, which can lead to panic and anxiety attacks. Avoiding things that cause you to relieve the event is also a sure sign of PTSD. For example, women who had a traumatic birth avoid watching shows that deal with hospitals and childbirths. They will even avoid going into the hospital or doctor’s office that brings back the memories. The other two signs are problems sleeping and the fear that it is going t happen again.

Can I recover from a traumatic birth?
While there is no cure all for a traumatic birth there is a very good chance that you can recover from the event if you take the right steps. The worst thing that you can do is to sit back and do nothing in hopes that the feelings will go away. What you need to do is to seek the support that you need to help cope with the event. Talk to others about what you experienced, join a support group or even seek professional counseling.

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