The first meeting between a mother and her child is supposed to be, in most cases, a moment of happiness. But when the birth was very difficult, it can turn into a nightmare and leave traces that mothers find difficult to erase. Because it is not a question of baby blues, nor of postpartum depression, but indeed of post-traumatic stress (PTS), or more precisely of “birth trauma “ (birth trauma). Between 2 and 6% of women are affected by this disorder after childbirth, according to the site Psychology Today.
“Many mothers suffer in silence because they believe they have no right to be traumatized when they come out of the hospital with a healthy baby,” says Sarah, UK author of the blog. Every mum should know, interviewed by the channel. However, a traumatic experience passed in silence only increases the damage, both for the mother and for the newborn: anxiety, panic, recurring nightmares, sleep and attention disorders … the list of harmful consequences is long.
Prevention and necessary care
How to prevent this type of problem? Women who have already suffered from mental illness, PTS, or have a very negative view of childbirth are, particularly at risk. They should therefore benefit from reinforced monitoring. Blog author Loving baby gives some advice: make sure every woman gets the support she needs, that she can talk before, during, and after childbirth the way she feels, and that care is given with kindness, understanding, respect, and protection of his dignity, taking into account his personal history.
It’s not easy to ask for help and to express your anxieties when those around you tell you that you should be happy and that you are living the happiest moments of your life. However, it is essential to receive the appropriate treatment to overcome this trauma. Because you deserve the same attention and care that you give your baby.