Has a difficult birth affected your well-being?
Childbirth is rarely described as easy and can sometimes even be traumatic. A traumatic birth be a set up for a difficult transition to the demands of parenting. Taking time to process your experience can help you see your own fortitude and resilience, aiding in your recovery and building confidence in your ability to overcome challenges. I am familiar with the way labor can turn unexpectedly and birth become nothing like you had imagined. I'm here to listen to your story and guide you to a new narrative that highlights your heroism.
Explore the benefits of healing your birth experience.
Feel more at ease in your body by opening to the areas where trauma has been stored.
Improve maternal-infant bonding by being more emotionally available.
Increase intimacy with your partner and loved ones by finding more self-love and acceptance.
Feel more comfortable in groups and socializing, by tending to your feelings and reducing anxiety.
Suffering in Postpartum Depression and Postpartum PTSD?
New mom baby blues is a commonly referred to phenomenon. The extreme hormonal shifts following birth and the added stressors of the postpartum period can be difficult to manage. Simply stating that you are overwhelmed or need help can be a huge relief. Asking for help sometimes feels awkward or difficult, but you may be surprised by how much a friend or neighbor would love a chance to help out. We all want to feel needed, and letting people help you is a gift to those you let in.
The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale is a widely accepted tool to quantify depressive symptoms. It may be used for diagnosing depression and tracking results of treatment. Postpartum depression is diagnosed anytime within the year following birth.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder was originally a diagnosis created to treat veterans returning from war and has since greatly expanded. According to experts, post-partum PTSD is under-diagnosed and under-treated. The PCL-5 is a self report measure that assesses symptoms of PTSD and can be found here.
See also: Raja, Harita MD "Post partum PTSD: Beyond Postpartum Depression in Maternal Mental Health" https://www.psychiatryadvisor.com/home/topics/anxiety/postpartum-ptsd-beyond-postpartum-depression-in-maternal-mental-health/ Psychiatric Advisor, May 12, 2017
The coaching provided through Allison Lorne CNM is an excellent adjunct to professional psychological treatment and is not a substitute. If you ever feel you are a threat to your own safety or a threat to others dial 911.
Here's the link to the national suicide hotline. https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ 1-800-273-8255, available 24/7.