Trigger Warning: This birth story involves failed spinal tap, emergency surgery and PTSD. If you are triggered by these topics you may wish to skip this blog or read it once you have support available. If you are seeking support for your birth trauma, you may wish to contact our Peer Support Service.
Those who know me well know that Isla’s birth was traumatic but what they may not know is that it left me with PTSD. When I fell pregnant with Jensen I was crippled with anxiety about his birth for the first half of the pregnancy. So much so that I had a debrief about Isla’s birth with the obstetrician at 20 weeks and then I underwent Trauma therapy with a psychologist. All of my anxiety was around the birth.
Birth trauma is real. Its not always physical and easily seen. If someone tells you that their birth was traumatic, believe them. Support them.
If you would like to connect with a mum who has experienced birth trauma, please contact our Peer2Peer Support service to connect with one of our Peer Mentors