Physical trauma and loss during pregnancy or birth are devastating and life changing events. What was initially a time of wonder and miraculous change, turns suddenly to pain and deep sadness. Support and a sense of shared experience can help in traveling this difficult life path.
There are also times when there wasn’t an actual loss or physical trauma involved. Pregnancy and birth trauma isn’t always the result of a physical experience or loss.
Pregnancy and birth trauma is also about how YOU feel about YOUR birth. Your experience is totally unique.
Perhaps from the outside, everything went ok. You didn’t have the smooth pregnancy or birth you imagined, but you and your baby are healthy. Yet still you find yourself struggling with feelings of disappointment, anger, sadness, embarrassment, grief or fear. Perhaps the way you were treated during your birth left you feeling alone or mistreated, or maybe you wish you could have spoken up about something that was really important to you.
Whether you’ve experienced a loss in pregnancy or birth, or you’re experiencing painful emotions about your pregnancy or birth, creating a safe place for you to talk about these emotions is our first step along the path.
If you find you’d like to read more, there are lots of resources and articles out there about pregnancy and birth related trauma, as well as women coming forward to share their own personal experiences.
Contact me today if you are struggling with feelings related to your pregnancy or birth.