Right now, as a result of your unresolved birth trauma, you may be experiencing…
- Persistent rumination and flashbacks about the experiences you went through while in labor and birthing.
- Distress when exposed to triggers including hearing about other people’s labor and birth stories.
- Disconnect from and distrust in your body.
- Depression and anxiety.
- Memory gaps, not being able to remember parts of your experience.
You’re realizing that your birth trauma is unresolved and it’s getting in the way of your life…
- You want to be able to remember your experience, and remember it with some positivity and not just despair.
- You can’t imagine going through labor and birthing again, despite wanting another child.
- You’re avoiding reminders of your painful experiences – looking at photos, videos, or even having conversations about you and your child’s labor and birthing experience.
- Your mood has been negatively affected and you’re living with marked anxiety and depression that wasn’t there before your labor and birthing experiences.
- You feel isolated from others and feel shame and guilt for feeling how you feel about your labor and birth experience.
- If my baby and I survived, is it birth trauma? Does my experience still count?
- My baby didn’t survive. There’s no way I can ever make these feelings go away, right?
- Will I have to talk about all the details and re-live it again? Why should I do that?
- Can I get help from someone who hasn’t also had a traumatic birth experience?
You’re longing for…
- An ability to feel at peace with your labor and birth experience, despite how different it was from what you imagined.
- The experience of being able to talk about your birth and labor experience without being in distress.
- An ability to look at photos of pregnant others, hear about birth, see newborns, and not feel distressed.
- Acceptance and compassion for yourself and how your birth and labor experience impacted you.
- The ability to feel connected to and trust your body again.
What you’re longing for is possible.
At Evergreen Counseling, we have a staff of seasoned, evidence-based therapists skilled in treating birth trauma.
How we can help you
By pursuing therapy for birth trauma, you can imagine the following:
You’re having nightmares, flashbacks, and intrusions about your birth and labor experience.
You no longer experience these symptoms. Your mind is more at ease with your experience.
You feel profound regret, despair, and grief about your birth and labor experience.
You feel an appropriate amount of sadness but don’t feel overwhelmed by your feelings.
Exposure to triggers of your birth and labor trauma overwhelms you and causes you great distress.
You can face your triggers and not be distressed.
You feel isolated, alone, and ashamed about your experience.
You feel more connected to yourself and others and can talk about your experiences.
What if I’m Not Ready?
If you don’t feel quite ready to book a complimentary consult call yet, that’s completely fine.
We don’t want you to feel pressured and we know that the choice to seek out therapy can feel difficult.
Part of you wants to do it, and another part of you is, perhaps, scared to begin because of the feelings you might have to finally feel.
Or a part of you questions whether or not you can even be helped at all.
Whatever the reason, no matter how ready or not ready you feel to begin therapy, we want you to have the information you need to make an informed choice.
So, to that end, please explore the additional information below to learn more about us and how we can help you.
We’ll be here whenever you’re ready to reach out for support.