Healing the Wounds of Birth Trauma
You didn’t expect birth to be easy, but it wasn’t supposed to be like that. You might describe your birth experience as traumatic even. Unwanted medical interventions, nurses and doctors that don’t listen to requests, emergency procedures, and worst of all, life threatening moments happen in delivery rooms all across the country. Birth trauma is not something that is talked about much in our Western culture, likely because of our dismissive “just get over it” attitude toward any situation that isn’t deemed “bad enough” for the attention of time starved friends and family. Worse yet is the fact that all of this is disrupting your ability to connect with your new baby.
You should know you are not alone.
A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress revealed that post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is perhaps more common than you think. PATTCh.org estimates that traumatic childbirth occurs in as many as 25 to 34 percent of all births, and a third of those women may develop PTSD.
This means that millions of Americans continue to suffer from the devastating after effects of birth trauma.
Trauma can alter how the brain functions, and its signs and symptoms can vary from finding it difficult to trust and being constantly on guard, to sudden panic and intrusive, anxiety-ridden thoughts. Trauma, without question, can significantly lessen your quality of life.
And while the signs and symptoms can feel complex and at times overwhelming, feeling better is more than possible. In fact, with trauma therapy we expect you will begin feeling better as we implement our compassionate and client-focused evidence-based techniques and strategies together.
So if these sound like you…
– I relive traumatic events with accompanying unwanted memories, vivid images, and physical signs like sweating, palpitations, and panic attacks
– I’m hyper vigilant or easily frightened
– I feel edgy or irritable often
– I feel like the joy, love, and other positive emotions have been sucked from my life
– I want to connect and bond with my baby
…Then trauma therapy may offer the ideal therapeutic approach for you.
Trauma therapy combines different approaches and techniques to help lessen, even eliminate, the painful mental and physical responses raised by the memory of traumatic events, and seeks to create new healthier patterns in your brain.
At Lullaby Hopes Counseling Services, we use evidenced based ARTherapy to remove the painful memories of your traumatic birth and replace it with positive images in as little as 1 session. If you would like more information on this therapy, feel free to check it out here: ARTherapy
If you would like some help to start connecting with your baby, feel more energized, and less irritable and on edge, please contact us today for an appointment.