A traumatic stress reaction can occur when pre-conception, pregnancy, or birth doesn't go as planned.
We've created lists detailing risk factors and symptoms of traumatic stress during labor and delivery. Similar risk factors and concerns may arise from traumatic stress during pregnancy, conception, or pre-conception.
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Scroll Down to find the list of risk factors and signs/signals of Postpartum PTSD
This list includes words that may invoke graphic imagery and/or flashback.
Medical risk-factors for birth trauma:
Hemorrhage or excessive blood loss
Unplanned medical interventions
Emergency medical event of baby
Emergency medical event of mother
3rd or 4th degree perineal tear
Unplanned or emergency Caesarian
Prolonged hospitalization of mother
Prolonged hospitalization of baby
Symptoms of birth trauma:
-Feeling unheard, misunderstood, unsupported by support person(s), staff, nurse(s), or
-Feeling detached from body
-Watching yourself experience birth from outside of your body.
-Seeing images from the birth experience after it occurred.
-Hearing sounds related to the birth experience after it occurred.
-Feeling body sensations just like they occurred during labor or birth.
-Experiencing a sense that the birth experience is not over, an intense fear perhaps of
life, safety, powerlessness, or hopelessness.
-Difficulty sleeping (not due to baby needs), dreams or nightmares, even if you do not
know the content.
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