Traumatized in Childbirth
Research indicates that between 9 and 44% of women experience childbirth as a traumatic event! Birth trauma happens when the mother experiences or believes that she or the baby was at risk of harm or suffered a poor outcome during childbirth. Research has discovered that women who are traumatized from childbirth share some common feelings about the experience.
Practical Tips for Preventing Trauma
Here are some examples of practical steps you can take to feel more empowered about your situation:
Maintain clear and open communication with your care providers by following these steps:
Practical and emotional support during childbirth is really important. Unfortunately, hospital staff are not with you continuously during labor to provide the kind of constant support women need. Create your own support system:
In the end, I cannot promise you that your birth will go as you like or not, but I can assure you that your Savior will carry you through it. "Listen to Me, O house of Jacob, And all the remnant of the house of Israel, Who have been upheld by Me from birth, Who have been carried from the womb: Even to your old age, I am He, And even to gray hairs I will carry you!
I have made, and I will bear; Even I will carry, and will deliver you" Isaiah 46:3,4.
de Graaff, Lisanne F., Adriaan Honig, Mariëlle G. van Pampus, and Claire A.I. Stramrood. "Preventing post‐traumatic stress disorder following childbirth and traumatic birth experiences: a systematic review." Acta Obstetricia Et Gynecologica Scandinavica 97.6 (2018): 648-656.