We talk about traumatic birth injury all the time. We discuss risk factors, what to expect when you’re expecting, and what to expect after an injury occurs. However, we mostly talk about your medical team or your child; what about you? When something goes wrong during labor or delivery, parents are left wondering if an accident was avoidable, if they followed all the right steps. Just like any other trauma, the effects are felt far and wide.
Traumatic birth syndrome
Thankfully, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder research has come a long way, and it is widely recognized that stressful events like birth trauma can leave parents with some or all of the symptoms of PTSD. The condition, formally known as Post Natal PTSD, is commonly referred to as birth trauma syndrome; while the symptoms can overlap with Post Natal Depression, it is a separate condition resulting from birth complications.
The Birth Trauma Association writes:
“It is clear that some women experience events during childbirth (as well as in pregnancy or immediately after birth) that would traumatise