June is PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) awareness month. PTSD is often thought of as a condition that affects members of the military after experiencing traumatic events in war and combat. The reality is that PTSD can occur in any individual after any traumatic event. This includes birth.
A new study from the Netherlands reveals that even if a person experiences an unexpected intervention or complication during labor and birth, they are less likely to suffer trauma or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) if they experienced good communication and support from care providers. Dutch
Any experience of birth involves a mental processing and reflection on the event afterward. For those who experience trauma during birth, usually due to unexpected events, extreme emotions, or unresolved past experiences, it is important to formally process the experience in order to heal from the t
By Deena Blumenfeld
This is the second in a series of historical fiction birth stories. The people are fictitious, but their experiences are common for the time period. The series will continue monthly until we reach the end of the 20th century.
Birth Stories of the Past: Josephine Ann, Born Dece