What causes so much birth trauma?

by Carla Sargent


How well are women set up to make positive birth choices for themselves? How well respected are women's birth choices? How compassionate, kind and respectful are the care providers who support birthing women? Are women made aware of their rights and responsibilities, and those of their care providers, prior to labour? Because overwhelmingly, for the majority of women who share their traumatic birth stories with me, it is the disempowerment they experienced through disrespectful, negligent, coercive, or just plain insensitive care, that ultimately results in a traumatic birth experience. It isn’t about how or where they end up giving birth so much as it is about the lack of compassion, respect and support they encounter in that process.

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Birth Trauma: Why are so many women denying they experienced it?

by Carla Sargent


Our cultural belief that we don’t deserve support when it comes to our emotional or mental health is something I feel strongly influences a woman’s beliefs about her traumatic birth experience and how she feels about herself in relation to it. Much of the self-blame, guilt, and sense of failure that so many women hold on to during their incredibly challenging foray into motherhood, could be rightfully curbed if women believed they were worthy of trauma support. 

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