birth trauma & loss
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 also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), IFS (Internal Family Systems) and Brainspotting, all evidence based practices used for treating trauma.
Have you suffered a loss?
Grieving is a meaningful and necessary process, unique to each person. Grief is raw and intense and it requires special care. Given time and compassionate attention, your loss can be integrated into your life in a way that both honors its significance and allows for new movement.
Opening your heart to someone who has knowledge of loss and trauma - and the exceptional capacity to hold your intense feelings, can bring tremendous relief. Support is vital during this time.
You are not alone. We can help.