Steps for Coping after Birth Trauma


It is estimated that up to one in three women who give birth may experience birth trauma, with risk factors including having had a difficult or complicated labor, having a baby who has been through a birth injury, and not receiving vital support at the time of birth. Sometimes, birth trauma can result in PTSD – which differs from postpartum depression in that it also involves flashbacks and intrusive thoughts – as might be experienced by a soldier who has been through war. If you have been through birth trauma, it is important to deal proactively with issues such as depression and PTSD and to take various key steps.

Seeking Treatment from a Specialist in Trauma

If you are experiencing symptoms of birth trauma, then seeking out the help of a therapist who specializes in trauma recovery will ensure you start your own unique road to healing. Depending on whether or not you have PTSD, different approaches may be used – including EMDR (which uses beats and tapping to bring patients back to the present while they are recalling the source of their trauma), cognitive behavioral therapy (with or without medication), and group therapy. Your therapist may also recommend complementary activities such as yoga and meditation, which are natural yet powerful ways to reduce stress.

Knowing Your Legal Rights

In some cases, birth trauma can be caused by medical error or negligence. Conditions such as cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy, spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, and fractures are sometimes caused by a misdiagnosis or failure to act quickly during an emergency. Mothers who suspect that their child’s condition is caused by medical negligence should seek legal help. Birth injury lawyers will be able to enlighten them on the chances of their client receiving due compensation, which will help pay for needed assistance and therapy.

Finding Crucial Support

In addition to leaning on friends and family for support, becoming an active member of a parent support group can  be an invaluable aid, since it can put you into contact with other parents who have been through and survived birth trauma. Forming part of a new community will also enable you to receive and share important information – including information on useful treatments and helpful professionals. Two organizations you may wish to check out include PEPS (the Program for Early Parent Support) and Solace for Mothers (focused on healing after traumatic childbirth). 

Birth trauma occurs in up to one out of every three women in the U.S. If you have been through trauma, then seeking psychological help is vital so you can deal with issues such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD. So, too, is being aware of your legal rights so you can obtain compensation if you are entitled to it. Finally, leaning on others for support and joining organizations with other parents who are survivors of traumatic birth can enlighten you on important resources while also expanding your source of social support.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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