How to Recover from a Traumatic Birth

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Authored by Claire Small
Posted Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 2:29pm

If you have had a traumatic birth, you can feel like your whole world has been upset. Read here to find out how to step onto the road to recovery.

Childbirth is still no easy feat, even with all the marvel of today’s modern medicine. If you are a parent who has gone through a traumatic birth which has left you feeling depressed or worse, here are some of the steps you can take to ensure that you are on a path to find closure and heal.

Talk to Someone

The single most important thing you can do is confide in someone about the way you are feeling. Bottling it all up inside is only going to make things much worse for you and cause you to put yourself in a truly dark place.

One of the first people you can consider talking to is your partner. Chances are that they will feel much the same way, especially if they were your birthing partner and felt powerless to help you during the birth. By confiding in each other, you will know that you are not alone in how you feel.

The other person you should think about talking to is your midwife. Your midwife is as concerned about your health as she is about your baby’s and she can help you. Whether it is as simple as chatting through the birth notes with you or a referral on to a specialised psychologist, there are many options she can choose from to help you.

Concentrate on Your Baby

Whatever happened during the birth, you should focus on the fact that both you and your child are here and can experience life together. While a negative and traumatic birth experience can not start your relationship off in the right way, it does not mean that that is a trend which has to follow.

Skin-to-skin contact and breastfeeding are two of the best ways to bond with your baby while they are still new-borns. Taking the time to relax and enjoy these precious moments between you can help to lessen the trauma of what happened to you both.

Seek Compensation

If you feel like what happened to both of you could have been avoided, especially if an injury occurred to either you or your child, then you could speak to a legal expert to see if it is possible to receive some compensation. Experts like birth injury solicitors will investigate your case and then make a claim for compensation on your behalf.

It might be difficult to have to relieve everything that happened while gathering your testimony, but the money you could receive in compensation could grant you a little closure. What’s more, you could use the compensation to buy something nice for you and your family to enjoy. Finding something good out of something bad is always the way to move forward.

A traumatic birth is not an easy thing to recover from but it can be done. If you are struggling to come to terms with yours, reach out to someone today. The sooner you start to recover, the sooner you can begin to feel more like yourself again.