One-third of women experience birth trauma, often during preventable situations. The experience can leave the new mother traumatized and unwilling to have any more children, even though she and her partner may have previously discussed having more. A “one and done” decision after a harrowing labor and delivery experience isn’t uncommon among women who endure a psychologically traumatic childbirth. Birth is traumatic for 1 out of 3 women due to:
- Lack or loss of control: 55%
- Fear for their baby’s life or health: 50%
- Severe physical pain: 47%
- Not enough communication from provider: 39%
Birth trauma is not just about what happened during labor and the birth. It can also refer to how you, as the mother, are left feeling afterwards. Sometimes the effects of birth trauma can emerge and continue for some time after you’ve given birth. At the time of birth, you may have felt fearful, helpless or unheard. After the birth, it’s possible to feel shocked, guilty or numb and even experience panic attacks or anxiety.
If you notice any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing birth trauma. If so, you are certainly not alone. Many women find the experience of childbirth emotionally traumatic. Birth trauma can’t always be prevented, but there are things you can do to reduce your risk. If you are experiencing any signs of trauma, support and treatment are available.
Brainspotting therapy can help women process the birth trauma and treat PTSD, so that they are no longer triggered by nightmares, fears, or difficult emotions of giving birth.
Brainspotting Therapy with Elaine Korngold
I am a Certified Brainspotting Therapist and an Approved Consultant and would be happy to talk to you about Brainspotting. Brainspotting therapy accesses the genius of our deeper emotional brain. During the healing process I am fortunate to observe how intelligent, inventive, and intuitive all human beings are. Creativity is revealed through their resilience, survival, and recovery. The processing that occurs with clients focused on a Brainspot is deep, rapid, and unpredictable. During each session I wait for the surprise and I am rarely disappointed.
With your focused vision and my attuned presence and verbal guidance, emotional Brainspots can be released in a gentle and non-invasive way. There is no need to be in chronic emotional pain. Please text or email me for a free 20-minute phone consultation.