Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
When you think back on your pregnancy and birth experience, are you filled with feelings of disappointment, fear, sadness, and regret?
Up to 45% of birthing people have reported a birth trauma. From the outside perspective it may appear that everything was fine, both mom and baby are physically healthy. But for many new parents, seconds, moments, hours, or days of the birth experience were traumatic. Healing from a traumatic birth, while postpartum can be hard. And for some families, it's placed on the back burner until another pregnancy and the healing feels necessary in preparation for a coming birth. In therapy, we can support you by taking the time to listen to your story, and let you feel the feelings. This healing can also involve a session or two with your partner present so you can process together. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), or birth visualizations can help in the healing process.