Every birth is a unique experience to that woman. There are times when birth doesn't turn out as you had hoped for despite months of planning. For some women their birth experience can leave them with feelings of disappointment, anxiety, fear, panic and sometimes anger. Perhaps you had hoped for an unmedicated birth and ended up with an emergency caesarean section or an instrumental birth.
Feeling traumatised by your birth can happen for a variety of reasons. Perhaps birth took an unexpected turn and you feared for your life or that of your baby, Perhaps you felt you weren't listened to, or felt ignored, out of control or disempowered.
Well meaning friends and family may offer their reassurance with comments such as, "but you have a healthy baby, that's all that matters". But you matter too!
It can also be common for women to bury their feelings about their previous birth experience that can quickly resurface during a subsequent pregnancy. Perhaps you simply need to talk through your feelings, perhaps you need information and insight about what happened during your previous birth. Help is available, so please get in touch.
Healing from birth trauma
The Rewind Technique is a tried-and-tested approach to treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and phobias. For many years, severe anxiety-based conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder or phobias were considered treatable only through long, painful exposure therapy, and in some cases, not at all. Now, thankfully, we have access to a comfortable, effective treatment that can greatly reduce, and even remove, traumatic or phobic symptoms quickly, in as little as 2 or 3 sessions.
The 3 step rewind technique to relieve birth trauma
The 3 step approach.
Hearing your story if it's helpful for you to share it and understanding how life will be different once you lift those difficult feelings.
Deep relaxation and recalling your experience in a very specific way whilst feeling safe and secure
Leaving difficult feelings behind and moving forward
This technique does not need you to go over the birth experience unless you'd find it helpful to do so. Many people with trauma or phobias have been treated using approaches which drag them back through the experience again; a highly unpleasant thing to have to do.
Other approaches and help is available.
The Rewind Technique is only one of the tools available that can help. As a clinical hypnotherapist and trained in Integral Eye Movement Therapy there is a whole host of treatments that can help you begin your healing journey. Please just know there is help available.