Birth Trauma

Every labour is different and individual, as well as every woman/birth partner experiencing it differently. Some women experience stressful events during the birth of their baby, and the days that follow, that are clearly traumatising (such as an emergency delivery, fear for their own, or their baby’s safety, baby requiring a stay in SCBU or NICU). Others may experience several other factors which lead them to feel traumatised following the birth which are less obvious.

  • Some of these factors are:
  • Impersonal treatment and hostile attitudes from people around them
  • Loss of privacy and dignity
  • Lack of information or explanation
  • Not feeling listened to or heard
  • Feeling out of control
  • Long labour or quick labour
  • Lots of medical intervention
  • Poor postnatal care
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