What is Birth Trauma?
Birth Trauma is experienced by 30% of women, often feared for their lives whether it had been a perceived or a real threat. Many women have felt intense fear, helplessness and an inability to escape the situation. Approximately 9% of women then develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often this is misdiagnosed as postnatal depression.
PTSD can be compared to a faulty burglar alarm that is triggered and goes off for no reason. Someone suffering from PTSD is triggering their fight or flight response unnecessarily when there is no present danger. The prefrontal cortex of the brain can be thought of as the policeman in this scenario. He tries to reassure the owner (the PTSD sufferer) that nothing is wrong but he can’t be heard over the alarm.
“Birth trauma is in the eye of the beholder.”
(Cheryl Beck, Nursing Research Jan/Feb 2004, Vol53, No1.)
Life with a new baby can be challenging enough but made even tougher when your birth didn’t go to plan. Birth can encounter many different outcomes that parents may not always be prepared for. Couples experiencing birth trauma may find themselves going over and over their birth experiences in attempts to make sense of it or may prefer to push those thoughts and feelings away.
Reoccurring, unwanted thoughts about a negative experience can be exhausting and can trigger other symptoms.
Symptoms of PTSD
- The feeling of continually reliving the event
- Experiencing flashbacks or nightmares
- On high alert
- Difficulty in concentrating
- Over-reactive to comments about you and your baby
- Very tearful
- Overly Anxious
- Avoiding thoughts or conversations about the event
- Detachment from others
- Experiencing panic attacks
If you or your partner are experiencing any of these symptoms then you may benefit from seeking professional help. Postpartum post-traumatic stress disorder is temporary and treatable and you can fully recover.
How can Cherish You Help?
We are qualified in The Rewind Technique which is a highly effective psychological method for helping people alleviate and eradicate birth trauma and phobias.
What is The Rewind Technique?
Rewind is a non-invasive, holistic therapy that neutralizes the toxic feelings associated with the memory and lifts your unwanted feelings. This process is delivered over one session and involves a 3 step process that activates one’s own natural ability to calm and heal using deep relaxation. Using The Rewind Technique we will guide you to release those upsetting feelings associated with your trauma and enable you to look back and remember the birth with neutral feelings. The birth can still be remembered but should no longer provoke any anxiety. By freeing a person from their PTSD symptoms it is possible to create the opportunity to feel more positively about their situation and to begin enjoying parenthood.
To discuss further please do not hesitate to contact us. The appointment takes approx. 90 minutes and we follow up with a phone call a few weeks later. The Rewind Technique costs £65.