What is Birth Trauma?
Posted on 7th April 2019 at 10:44
Birth Trauma – a subjective experience by the woman giving birth, her partner or anyone witnessing the birth and believing the event to be traumatic. In the UK there are up to 20,000 women that are affected by birth trauma.
That is 30% of all birthing women found some aspect of their birth traumatic. 3-4% of all birthing women go on to develop Post traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and can be as high as 15.7 % in high risk groups (Grekin & O’Hara, 2014).
Birth trauma is very distinct from Postnatal depression and the signs and symptoms vary between the two conditions.
However, due to the lack of awareness of Birth Trauma many postnatal women are being misdiagnosed.