Healing the Wounds of Birth Trauma
You didn’t expect birth to be easy, but it wasn’t supposed to be this hard either. 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. Just over eight percent of people in our community will experience PTSD in their lifetimes, 4.7% within the past year, and 3.8% in the past six month period. When we include those who also suffer following significant trauma but don’t fit typical PTSD criteria, the statistics become as worrying as they are staggering. For example, 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 struggle with anxiety or depression
– I relive traumatic events with accompanying unwanted memories, vivid images, and physical signs like sweating, palpitations, and panic attacks
– I am 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’d like professional help to better understand and cope with previous trauma
– I want to live an easier, happier, more connected life
…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
In trauma therapy we work with you toward lessening, even extinguishing, the pain. It’s our goal to identify the source and triggers for your emotional and physical suffering, to discuss ways to deal with unhelpful and unhealthy thoughts and behaviors, and to teach you techniques to manage distress and enable you to move forward. If you would like me to show you how to take your next steps down the road of recovery, please contact me today for an appointment.