PTSD

The birth of a baby is usually a happy event, and although it may be challenging for prospective parents, feeling physically and emotionally prepared helps to make the experience of childbirth a positive one. Sadly, for a percentage of women, childbirth may be experienced as a traumatic event, reasons include:

  • Lengthy and painful, or very quick labour
  • Feeling unsupported during labour
  • Feeling loss of control
  • Experiencing severe pain
  • Induction of labour
  • Instrumental delivery eg. ventouse or forceps
  • Emergency caesarean section
  • Fear of death for self or baby

Many women are scared of getting pregnant again after a traumatic experience or have conceived but now dreading another traumatic birth. My therapy sessions include using The Rewind Technique to help release and heal fears, change negative thought patterns and build up confidence.

What are the symptoms of Post Natal PTSD?

After a traumatic childbirth experience women may develop symptoms of postnatal PTSD. These may include:

  • Flashbacks or re-experiencing the trauma with intrusive thoughts
  • Avoiding ‘triggers’ which remind them of the birth eg. Tv programmes with birthing scenes
  • Difficulties remembering parts of labour or childbirth
  • Numbed emotions
  • Fears that another pregnancy will lead to similar outcomes
  • Depressive or irritable mood changes

Many women are scared of getting pregnant again after a traumatic experience or have conceived but now dreading another traumatic birth. My therapy sessions include using The Rewind Technique to help release and heal fears, change negative thought patterns and build up confidence.

Women are also taught self-hypnosis, progressive relaxation, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and breathing techniques which give them the tools to remain calm and relaxed throughout their pregnancy.

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