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Working in the birth world I hear this sentence being said to women all the time. When a woman has had a difficult birth experience she can’t simply forget what was said or done to her whist in labour, or how she was made to feel.

Its important to understand that a healthy baby doesn’t always mean a happy mum.

When we think of birth trauma, I am sure we can all conjure up some pretty horrific images in our minds, but it is important to realise that birth trauma can be caused by something as small as what was said to mum whilst she was in labour, or how a midwife touched her whilst in her most vulnerable state.

Birth trauma can also be caused by a birth experience that was frightening to both or either parent and that is usually coupled with a loss of control.

This could be because labour was long or full of intervention or perhaps because of medical problems that unexpectedly occurred. If birth unexpectedly goes wrong it can be traumatic especially if parents feel that the situation or options available weren’t properly explained or if they feel that what was happening was completely out of their control. A birth where parents have feared for their life or their baby’s can also be a very frightening experience. Similarly if injury or even death has occurred as a result of the experience then this can also cause birth trauma.

If you have been through a difficult birth experience, which sometimes to an outsider can look like a text book birth it is important to speak to someone about the negative emotions you have attached to your birth.

A birth debriefing session can provide a safe space for parents to tell their story and is the first step to understanding what happened and what course of further action to take, if appropriate.

The rewind technique is a very effective and well tested technique that neutralises the disturbing feelings associated with birth trauma. The memory of what happened still exists but it no longer provokes anxiety, panic, guilt, anger or sadness allowing the person to move forward with their life.

Lastly hypnosis can help restore feelings of calm and confidence to someone who has been plagued with the anxiety associated with birth trauma.

By using these three steps, birth debrief, rewind technique and hypnosis we can help you move on from the feelings you have attached to birth.

My birth trauma healing work consists of two sessions, each session lasting between 1-2 hours and can be held either in the comfort of your own home or at The Self Centre in Bury St Edmunds.



About Vicky Barbour-Andrews

The Baby Experts - All round crazy lady, owner of two businesses, two little people and a husband. I am one of those people who just doesn't stop. On both of my maternity leaves I have chosen to start up a new businesses with my new 'spare time'. Some may call me crazy, some may call me stupid but to me I am just me, take me as I am as I do anything for a hassle free life as I believe it is for the living and enjoying - grab it by the balls people as we don't know how long we have here!

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