Thousands of women suffer from postnatal trauma after childbirth in the UK but it is unrecognized or misdiagnosed. There is a lack of social awareness, training for the medical staff and treatment for the survivors. A description of the symptoms is below and we hope that it will help health professionals to understand this condition in a better way and make an accurate diagnose.
If you think you have been traumatized by childbirth please check the list below and contact your GP.
Like a video tape of the birth being played on anytime anywhere and it comes suddenly without a warning and you want to escape, scream, hit yourself, disappear, you feel dying again and find difficult to breath.
You wish you are dead; sometimes your thoughts are about taking an overdose or similar actions to finish your life but you really want to live...you just want to someone to listen to you without any judgement.
These are so vivid that you wake up with a heart beat acceleration frightened because someone tried to kill you in your dreams…but you escape…again. Therefore you prefer not to sleep or only sleep a few hours.
You looked depressed but in many cases you are not really depressed or suffer from depression, it just comes when you think about your future and there is no way out…and then you cry because there is no one to understand what you went through
There are no feelings inside you; there is disbelief at the atrocities the health professionals have carried out against you and your body; you feel that you are a character in a film.
Problems with bonding
There is an unconscious, and sometimes conscious, rejection of your baby as a constant reminder of your traumatic birth. It is so difficult and sometimes impossible to love your baby although deep inside you know you love him/her but cannot express those feelings. Every time your baby gets ill, you think she/he will die and you behave as though it will happen.
Extracted from Real Healing After Caesarean
by Martha Jesty.
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