Birth Trauma

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Birth trauma counselling is a type of counseling that helps parents who have experienced traumatic events related to childbirth or their babies and children who have experience a traumatic birth and display developmental signs of birth trauma. This may include physical trauma such as injury or harm to the mother or baby during delivery, as well as emotional trauma such as feelings of fear, helplessness, or loss of control during childbirth.

The goal of birth trauma counselling is to help individuals process and cope with the trauma they experienced during childbirth, and to support their emotional healing and recovery. This may involve talking through the experience, learning coping skills to manage feelings of anxiety or fear, processing trauma that is somatic and stuck in the body,  and exploring ways to rebuild trust in oneself and the world.

Symptoms of birth trauma for a mother.

Somatic symptoms refer to physical sensations or experiences that are associated with emotional distress or trauma. Some common somatic symptoms of birth trauma may include:

  1. Pain or discomfort in the pelvic area, perineum, or genitals
  2. Gastrointestinal issues, such as constipation or diarrhea
  3. Headaches or migraines
  4. Muscle tension, especially in the neck, shoulders, and back
  5. Chronic fatigue or exhaustion
  6. Sleep disturbances or insomnia
  7. Hypervigilance or an increased startle response
  8. Numbness or tingling sensations in the body
  9. Sexual difficulties, such as decreased libido or pain during intercourse
  10. Sensitivity to light and sound

It’s important to note that somatic symptoms can be related to a wide range of physical and mental health conditions, and it’s essential to seek medical attention to rule out any underlying medical issues.

Symptoms of birth trauma for a baby or child:

Birth trauma can affect not only the mother but also the baby, and somatic symptoms may manifest in infants as well. Some common somatic symptoms of birth trauma for a baby may include:

  1. Difficulty sleeping or staying asleep
  2. Difficulty breastfeeding or feeding in general
  3. Reflux or colic-like symptoms
  4. Extreme fussiness or irritability
  5. Excessive crying or inability to be comforted
  6. Hypersensitivity to touch or movement
  7. Muscle tension or stiffness
  8. Difficulty regulating body temperature or breathing patterns
  9. Delayed developmental milestones
  10. Reduced social interaction or increased withdrawal

It’s important to note that not all babies who experience a traumatic birth will display somatic symptoms, and it’s essential to seek medical attention if you have any concerns about your baby’s health. However, if you suspect that your baby may be experiencing somatic symptoms related to birth trauma, it’s crucial to seek support from a counsellor that specializes in somatic counselling and infant development and trauma.

Early intervention and support can help to minimize the impact of birth trauma on a baby’s physical and emotional development, and ensure that they receive the care and support they need to thrive. A qualified healthcare provider can provide guidance on treatment options and connect you with resources to help your baby and your family heal and recover from birth trauma.

We often hold an expectation that childbirth is going to be a joyous and life-affirming experience, but for some, it can be traumatic and even life-changing.

If you have experienced birth trauma, you are not alone. Many individuals have been through similar experiences and have found healing and support through counselling and other forms of therapy.

Our birth trauma counselling sessions provide resources and information on birth trauma and the various ways it can impact individuals and their families. We offer guidance on how to recognize the signs and symptoms of birth trauma, and provide strategies for coping with the emotional aftermath of traumatic childbirth.

It’s important to note that birth trauma counselling is not just for those who have experienced physical injury or medical complications during childbirth. It can also be helpful for those who have experienced emotional trauma or distress related to childbirth, such as feeling unsupported or unheard during labor and delivery.

Our experienced counsellor provides support and guidance and treatment for parents, who have experienced birth trauma. We provide treatment for babies and children who have experienced birth trauma. Our counsellor understands the unique challenges, behaviours, developmental issues and emotions that can arise after a traumatic birth experience and she is here to help you navigate through the healing process.

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