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Was giving birth traumatic for you? You deserve so much care.

The sad truth is that 25-35% of mothers feel traumatized by their birth experiences. Birth becomes traumatic when it includes real or perceived physical or emotional injury, danger or death to mother or baby. And the trauma can be carried by the mother, the baby or anyone who witnessed the birth. Birth experiences become traumatic when they include feelings of terror, helplessness, a sense of having no control, feeling uncared for, alone, or disrespected.

Trauma makes it hard to connect with ourselves and with others; we are jumpy, reactive, avoidant and on-guard, careful not to trip the wires that will set off the memories. What helps?

Talk therapy is powerful. We have therapists who are trained to work with birth trauma. We offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), IFS (Internal Family Systems) and Brainspotting, all evidence based practices used for treating trauma.

 
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CHILDBIRTH COMPLICATIONS
PARENT SUPPORT GROUP


Did you experience a traumatic or a complicated childbirth? Was/is your baby hospitalized in the NICU? Are you feeling lonely, misunderstood, scared, sad, or angry? This is a FREE online support group for people who would benefit from a supportive, understanding community.

When: 3rd Tuesday of every month from 6:30 to 7:45 pm beginning November 16th, 2021

Where: Online via Zoom - RSVP for login info

Cost: Free

 

This is a FREE drop-in support group open to parents who've experienced childbirth trauma or challenges and would like to be part of a safe, supportive group of people who understand and share common struggles.

 

Facilitated by Estelle Drahon-Servel, AMFT #126844 (Supervised by Jessica Sorci, LMFT #53881).