Birth Complications & Trauma

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Birth Complications & Trauma

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When Giving Birth Didn't Go How You'd Hoped or Planned

Nothing went according to plan. The scenes replay over and over in your mind and it’s hard to push them away. You’re having nightmares; uncomfortable, random memories come out of nowhere; and certain sounds or smells bring you right back to the delivery room. You are constantly on high alert and worried about something happening to your baby.
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While being intensely grateful that you made it through, it’s still hard to focus on the positives. Others may dismiss or downplay your distress about what happened, and you may begin to question yourself about your feelings. We understand that a medically “successful” outcome does not mean that your experience was any less scary or traumatic.

Sharing your birth story with friends and family feels uncomfortable. Maybe it’s all a blur and you feel disconnected from the experience entirely. If your baby was taken to the NICU, you have a whole other set of memories, sounds, and smells that remind you of that place.

While being intensely grateful that you made it through, it’s still hard to focus on the positives. Others may dismiss or downplay your distress about what happened, and you may begin to question yourself about your feelings. We understand that a medically “successful” outcome does not mean that your experience was any less scary or traumatic.

Sharing your birth story with friends and family feels uncomfortable. Maybe it’s all a blur and you feel disconnected from the experience entirely. If your baby was taken to the NICU, you have a whole other set of memories, sounds, and smells that remind you of that place.

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Our therapists at Reproductive Mental Health and Wellness specialize in working with individuals who have experienced pregnancy complications and reproductive trauma. We are here to help you understand and work through these difficult feelings, build strategies to feel better, break free of the bad memories, and reclaim your reproductive story.

You don’t have to do this alone. You deserve support. Contact us to set up your first session.