Counseling for Traumatic Childbirth and NICU Experiences
So, you and your baby are home, but you can’t seem to be able to let go of your birth or NICU experience.
- Do you feel like you are reliving a traumatic birth or hospital experience over and over again?
- Do you have flashbacks or nightmares about your experience?
- Do you avoid all reminders of the event and become anxious and panicky when you can’t?
- Do you constantly feel on edge or anxious, irritable?
Being in a situation in which you are helpless, feel out of control, and fear for your own or your baby’s safety can be traumatic. It is not only terrifying when it happens, but it can leave you with Postpartum PTSD.
Nine percent of women experience Postpartum PTSD after an emotionally trying birth or an emotionally draining NICU experience.
Unresolved birth trauma can also create relationship stress between you and your partner and make it difficult for you to bond with your child. It might not go away without trauma-specific treatment.
The good news is that Postpartum PTSD is entirely treatable, and you can get back to your usual self.
I use trauma-informed, specific treatment approaches (link to trauma EMDR page) to help you process what happened so you can move on with your parenting experience.