Birth Counseling

Every reproductive stage of a woman brings with it emotions. Sometimes these emotions come in the form of fears, losses and/or traumas. Support sessions can help heal those wounds to be able to look back without feeling pain, look forward without paralyzing fear and with a sense of peace, and, if desired and able, prepare for a more fulling and positive future pregnancy and birth. 

Pregnancy loss and reproductive health support sessions can help you grieve in a healthy way and help you heal from the loss.

Pre-pregnancy/pregnancy support sessions will help you examine your fears surrounding birth and learn to connect with your baby in a more conscious way. Allowing yourself to experience and welcome this or future pregnancies and births with positivism and love. 

Birth trauma support sessions, will help you let go of and heal from a past traumatic birth experience and see your experience from a place of healing, allowing you to let go of the pain and open up to a more positive future.


Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is caused by a real or perceived trauma during delivery or postpartum.

These traumas could include:
  • Feeling neglected or abused by the care provider
  • Having things done during birth against consent
  • Feelings of powerlessness, poor communication and/or lack of support and reassurance during the delivery.
  • Prolapsed cord
  • Unplanned C-section
  • Use of vacuum extractor or forceps to deliver the baby
  • Baby going to NICU
  • Women who have experienced a previous trauma, such as rape or sexual abuse, are also at a higher risk for experiencing postpartum PTSD
  • Women who have experienced a severe physical complication or injury related to pregnancy or childbirth, such as severe postpartum hemorrhage, unexpected hysterectomy, severe preeclampsia/eclampsia, perineal trauma (3rd or 4th degree tear), or cardiac disease

Symptoms

Symptoms of postpartum PTSD might include:

  • Intrusive re-experiencing of a past traumatic event (which in this case may have been the childbirth itself)
  • Flashbacks or nightmares
  • Avoidance of stimuli associated with the event, including thoughts, feelings, people, places and details of the event
  • Persistent increased arousal (irritability, difficulty sleeping, hypervigilance, exaggerated startle response)
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Feeling a sense of unreality and detachment
  • Not wanting to get pregnant again for fear of reliving the same or similar situation

Postpartum PTSD is temporary and treatable with professional help. If you feel you may be suffering from this illness, know that it is not your fault, you are not to blame and you are not alone.



My Personal Experience
I have a Master's in Counseling, several years experience working as a Counselor. I have worked in the birth field for many years and understand the complex emotions that accompany birth.  Personally, I have experienced birth trauma and have taken the steps to heal and be able to look back at the experience from a place of safety, forgiveness and love, giving me another dimension to be able help other women heal from their birth trauma and overcome their fears.

If you are interested in support sessions please call for a consultation.

Ph: 561-808-3142
Email: zeresh at a loving birth dot com 
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With the right support you can find a place of peace and healing from birth/reproductive trauma.



For more information on birth trauma please see:

Healing the Trauma: Entering Motherhood with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by Jennifer Jamison Griebenow
http://www.midwiferytoday.com/articles/healing_trauma.asp

Postpartum Depression & Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 
By Anastasia Pollock, MA, LCMHC
http://psychcentral.com/lib/postpartum-depression-post-traumatic-stress-disorder/
 

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