Birth Trauma Week 2020
This week as we move through Birth Trauma Week 2020 (Sept 6 – 12) the rhetoric online has bothered me more than ever. In these troubled times we seem to judge each other now far more than ever and that makes it even more difficult for people to communicate openly and honestly about this difficult subject.
Birth Trauma is not difficult to define, it is simply whatever a woman considers traumatic in her birth. Given the system in which most women experience their labour and birth care is made up predominantly of strangers in a very intimate time, it is no wonder that positive reflections on birth are few and far between. Women will also often initially reflect that unexpectedly harder than they thought or where things haven’t been as they wished or planned is also ‘traumatic’. This too is fraught - the inability to unpack the experience which may need to occur repeatedly to make sense of it - is not afforded many women as the strangers who were present often then disappear and the woman has very limited opportunity to debrief.