Birth ought to be a joyful experience: for some women, however, it is anything but. Women who have experienced a medical emergency during birth often find that the memory of it doesn't go away just because a healthy baby has been delivered. They experience the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder: flashbacks, sleeplessness, nightmares or extreme anxiety. Some go out of their way to avoid being reminded of the birth, and they may find it difficult to bond with their baby. Post-traumatic stress disorder after birth, kwn more simply as 'birth trauma', affects at least 10,000 women every year in England and Wales. Yet the condition is poorly misunderstood and women suffering from birth trauma often do t receive the treatment or support they need. They may be misdiagsed as suffering from postnatal depression, and many find that friends and family, instead of being supportive, simply tell them to pull themselves together. This valuable and fascinating book explains everything you and your family and friends need to kw about birth trauma: what causes it, how it affects your personal relationships, how to treat it and where to find support. Using the powerful personal stories of women who have suffered birth trauma and overcome it, this book shows that it is possible to go through this difficult experience and come out the other side. A percentage of all royalties is donated to charity. OUTSTANDING FEATURES: * Packed with information, expert advice and personal stories; * Offers practical help and support to women who have suffered birth trauma; * Easy-to-read, explains all jargon, and uses the stories of real women to illustrate the facts about birth trauma; * Includes a wealth of advice from a wide range of experts, including psychologists, midwives, lawyers and therapists; * Sympathetic and n-judgemental, this is a very valuable book for everyone affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and birth trauma. * part of the royalties from the sale of this book are donated to a charity.
Kim Thomas has been a freelance journalist for 14 years, with her work appearing in a number of national newspapers including The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and the Financial Times. Kim has written extensively about pregnancy, birth and parenting and is currently Editor of 'Perspectives', the journal from the National Childbirth Trust. Her informative and excellent blog on birth trauma is http://birthtraumas.wordpress.com