This book has been a life saver to me and my family: supportive, reassuring and lots of up-to-date research on modern treatments and coping strategies. I had never heard of birth trauma before and searching for it on the internet gave conflicting advice or confused it with post-natal depression.
If you or someone you know experienced a difficult birth, and whether you have been diagnosed with birth trauma or not, I thoroughly recommend this book - not just for the person who gave birth but for their partner, family and friends as it offers advice for everyone on what it is, how to deal with it and importantly how to over come it. Thoroughly recommend.
This is an important book, and should be read by any woman who has suffered birth trauma. In fact i think it should be read by all women, including those involved in dealing with women's pregnancies....ie health workers.midwives etc. It is in fact an "eye opener". The cases referred to are related by women who have actually suffered birth traumas. It is clearly and simply written. As well as details of actual births told by the mothers, there is a great deal of information about what to do should things go wrong e.g who to complain to....litigation etc.....There are also organisations given where a great deal of help can be had for these mothers if needed. I think it is brilliant, so glad I discovered it
Buying this was a big deal for me. I've had my CBT and all sorts but I needed facts, Actual evidence. This book was as if I wrote it myself. So raw and vulnerable yet informative and insightful. Great links to help in there too. Don't suffer in silence x
This book is a great find. Mostly childbirth is a positive experience with a wonderful result, but for some women this is not immediately the case. Some women have overly traumatic labours and birth experiences, others have babies in special care. These experiences can lead to birth trauma, with similar symptoms to Post Traumatic Stress. This book recognises this, discusses how women may feel, and offers solid and positive advice for those who find they are suffering. Highly recommended!
A clear and consise account of what Birth Trauma is and how it can affect the people involved. Very thorough and helpful in it's explanation, so great to pass round to family to read and help them understand, making them better able to provide support. The information on seeking help, making a complaint, taking legal action and how to help change the failing system is also extremely helpful. This book is a great guide for those who've been affected by birth trauma and I would highly recommend it.
A year ago I listened to Sheila Kitzinger talk about her Birth Crisis Network, which she set up to help women who had suffered a traumatic birth. She gave examples of some of the things said by women for whom childbirth was not a happy or straightforward event, and I was shocked at the language and strength of feeling expressed. Only in recent years has it been recognised that a traumatic birth experience can give rise to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in women, and there are still few accessible resources for them or the people supporting them.
Birth trauma by Kim Thomas is definitely one of those resources. This is a very straightforward book written in clear language and illustrated throughout with stories from several women and one man who have experienced PTSD following the birth of their children. Each chapter ends with someone's story, making this a very real and affecting read.
Thomas' style is gentle and accepting of women's experience, while clearly passionate about change; and the book's content is based very much within the available evidence. In separate chapters, she discusses the nature of birth trauma, its effects on mother and baby, and on family members and other supporters. She acknowledges that in some areas more research is needed; for example to examine the long-term effects of birth trauma on the child.
It is known, however, that the emotional effects on the woman can be deep and very long-lasting. On both a social and a medical level, it often seems to be an assumption that however difficult or unpleasant birth may be for the mother, it's all worth it if you have a healthy baby at the end. As Joanna Moorhead wrote in The Guardian recently, "Birth isn't just about two people still breathing."
Thomas goes on to describe some of the available treatments and expected outcomes from these, and also gives information about how to complain to maternity services, which can be cathartic and perhaps also lead to changes in practice.
This is a useful book for anyone working with expectant parents or supporting women in childbirth, and would also be helpful for women who feel like they have had a traumatic birth, and need to try to make some sense of it.