for Mothers is an organization designed for the sole purpose of providing
and creating support for women who have experienced childbirth as
traumatic. Birth trauma is real and can result from an even seemingly
“normal” birth experience.
traumatic event is defined as “The person has experienced, witnessed
or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or
threatened death or serious injury, or a threat to the physical integrity
of self or others and the person's response involved fear, helplessness
or horror” (DSM-IV). This certainly can happen during the birth
of a child and can have long lasting effects on mother, baby and witnesses
present at the birth.
effects of trauma after childbirth include flashbacks of the birth,
nightmares, avoiding and feeling stressed by reminders of the birth,
feeling edgy, and experiencing panic attacks. Often these symptoms
are confused with postpartum depression by mothers, doctors and mental
health providers. To learn more about PTSD and trauma after childbirth, click here.
resources available through this site offer immediate, personal support
to mothers and others who are struggling with birth trauma, PTSD after
childbirth and anxiety caused by their birthing experiences.
you believe that you have been traumatized by your experiences of
giving birth to your child, or by witnessing a birth of someone else’s
child, Solace for Mothers has resources and supportive communities
available for you.
browse our web site to learn more about Solace for Mothers. If you
work with birthing women, please offer us as a resource. We are pleased
to host two online communities where
women and those who support them can connect around birth trauma concerns.