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Rebounding from Childbirth: Toward Emotional Recovery Paperback – 12 Jul 1994
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"A psychologist's moving account of her own birth trauma and an exploration into the process of healing that a woman can experience afterwards. If birth was bad for you, this book can help you work through depression and despair and find self-confidence."-Sheila Kitzinger
"This book is more than useful: it is necessary in the American context after several generations of medicalized birth. The time has come to consider the healing process millions of mothers need after giving birth."-Michel Odent, M.D. author of The Nature of Birth and Breastfeeding
"This little gem of a book will be transformative for those wounded women fortunate enough to read it, and extraordinarily useful to the therapists who are trying to help women heal from the iatrogenic traumas all too commonly generated by hospital birth."-Robbie E. Davis-Floyd, Ph.D. author of Birth as an American Rite of Passage
About the Author
LYNN MADSEN is a psychologist who specializes in traumatic birth experiences in the Minneapolis area. She is a journalist and writes from her personal experiences as a three-time mother.
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For months I looked and looked to find something that would address my lingering feelings of loss and trauma. This book is the only one that addresses post traumatic stress after an especially difficult childbirth.
I guess the biggest thing it did for me is showed me I wasn't alone, and I wasn't crazy!
I can't say it "cured" me, but definitely worth the read if you're struggling with your birth experience.
It took me over a year to complete this book because my emotions were so raw that each page would stir up so many memories, feelings, flashbacks and experiences that I had been denying and did not want to face. With each page my hand would glide across my notebook with random thoughts that would pour out as things were triggered.
After getting through most of the book I did seek therapeutic support from a social worker who specializes in birth traumas and did reference and use this book along in my journey.
I did appreciate the candid honesty and intensity of this book and that the stories were not "sugarcoated." As others have mentioned, it allowed me validity to my thoughts and feelings and that others experience them too vs. the fear that I was going crazy or abnormal, thus encouraging me to feel "safe" when seeking additional help.
As much as I am grateful for having come across this book and it moving me forward and into my healing process, I was a bit sad and jealous when the author spoke of a successful second vaginal birth. This is what I so much wanted and unfortunately did not work out for me, not even the second time....
Overall I do recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with a traumatic birth or a birth that did not meet your expectations. This book reveals that certain thoughts and feelings, no matter how intense, are valid and gives hope that one can truly heal and move forward.
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