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‘I really can’t quite believe how one session has done what it has. I had high hopes but you have more than exceeded them! Thank you so much. I feel like I’ve been freed of all the torture of Alex’s birth (and the run up to the day).’ Sarah H- Mother

If you have been through or witnessed a traumatic birth and do not know where to turn, please get in touch as there is a fast, effective and safe solution to birth trauma. For more details please see my website www.birth traumascotland.com

As a midwife I have seen the devastating effect that birth trauma can have and that is why I am currently training to become a ‘Birth Trauma Resolution Therapist.’ This effective, and fast therapy aims to set women, birth partners and midwives free of  birth trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). My specialist training is accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and Human Givens Institute of psychotherapy, in addition I draw on my years of experience as an NLP and Hypnobirthing Practitioner, and practising NHS midwife. An average of 1- 4 sessions is normally all that is needed to easily release the trauma so you can move on ‘with your life free from trauma. This process activates the natural ability of a persons brain to heal by using deep relaxation, guided use of their memory and of their imagination.

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Gemma is supportive, warm, informative and calm! So lovely to have a midwife background- very reassuring. Could not have been better.” Alison Robinson

Sadly around 6% of women are diagnosed with traumatic stress after childbirth. However, it is believed that a further 20 – 25% of women have symptoms that go undiagnosed, particularly if they don’t meet the full criteria for PTSD and women are mistakenly diagnosed as having Postnatal depression. Birth trauma can not only cause Postnatal depression, it can effect bonding with your baby, your relationships with your family members and cause anxiety. Father’s, birth partners and health care professionals including midwives and Obstetricians can experience birth trauma too after witnessing a traumatic birth. Whilst this is less common the effects are the same.

In my career as a midwife I have worked with people who have suffered trauma and PTSD from other associated events such as  fertility treatment, miscarriage, traumatic scans during pregnancy, having a baby with reflux or the postnatal experience of repeated sleep deprivation.

If you feel you have  perinatal trauma please do get in touch. I am also currently looking for case studies to aid my training so all treatment is currently free.

COMMON SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BIRTH TRAUMA AND PTSD (MIND.ORG.UK)

Re-living aspects of the trauma
  • vivid flashbacks (feeling that the trauma is happening all over again)
  • intrusive thoughts and images
  • nightmares
  • intense distress at real or symbolic reminders of the trauma
  • physical sensations such as pain, sweating, nausea or trembling
Alertness or feeling on edge
  • panicking when reminded of the trauma
  • being easily upset or angry
  • extreme alertness
  • disturbed sleep or a lack of sleep
  • irritability and aggressive behaviour
  • lack of concentration
  • being easily startled
  • self-destructive behaviour or recklessness
Avoiding feelings or memories
  • keeping busy
  • avoiding situations that remind you of the trauma
  • repressing memories (being unable to remember aspects of the event)
  • feeling detached, cut off and emotionally numb
  • being unable to express affection
  • using alcohol or drugs to avoid memories

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I am feeling fab. Thank you so much. James commented how I even look different…like all the tension has gone.
I went to toddler group on Thursday and people were chatting about their births and I just sat and listened and didn’t actually have a desire to share my experience because it’s not really part of me anymore. Does that make sense? I didn’t feel a need to go in to it and everyone was happy to just chat about themselves so it probably went unnoticed. And for the first time , I noticed, there’s other people who just sit and calmly listen too.
I also feel so excited about this upcoming birth.
I really can’t quite believe how one session has done what it has. I had high hopes but you have more than exceeded them! Thank you so much.
I feel like I’ve been freed of all the torture of Alex’s birth (and the run up to the day).
I am not sure if I’m reading too much into it … but … I just feel calmer. Quietly happier (and more confident). It’s a great thing you are doing.”

—Sarah H- mother

During the months after the birth of my second son I started suffering terrible mental and physical anxiety. My doctor prescribed me antidepressants but I wanted to get to the root of it and was looking for a long term solution. Initially I didn’t think my anxiety was related to my births but as soon as I spoke to Gemma I realised it was all very much connected. Gemma was very good at helping me clarify what my real issues were.
The day of my session I felt a bit nervous as I wasn’t sure what to expect but Gemma immediately made me feel calm and in a safe environment; she is incredibly friendly and professional. As we started to explore my births and current health I felt at ease and ended up unravelling other past times that have been a cause of my anxiety. We went through a lovely relaxation hypnosis exercise and I could really feel my body starting to let go and relax. When working through some of the more difficult issues I felt very emotional but always comfortable and in control. At the end of the session I felt a great sense of calm and relief.

Gemma gave me lots of helpful tools to use so I am more confident coping with some of life’s more testing times. A real weight has been lifted. I saw and felt improvements quickly. It has helped me reach a more balanced state of mind definitely, and an amazing mind, body and soul awareness. I can’t thank Gemma enough, I highly recommend her for anyone. It really reached into all areas.”

—Lucy S - Mother

The sessions were hugely beneficial to my emotional health and wellbeing. Gemma really helped me to understand the symptoms and reasons for my PTSD. She helped me feel relaxed and comfortable to share my experience. I could not believe the difference I felt after 2 sessions. Prior to this I could not think ahead to a positive birthing experience with my baby as I would get stuck reliving my past experience. Just a huge thank you! I thought this was something I would have to manage and get used to. I didn’t even realise the extent to which my PTSD had filtered into parts of my life. I cannot believe the difference and I feel so grateful that I will approach my second birth in a much calmer, more positive frame of mind, which would not have been possible otherwise. This will not only help me but also my baby, at a very special time. Thank you! I really hope you are able to expand and help many more women.

—Anoymous - Mother

I feel calmer, stronger, more capable. I hadn’t realised how unhappy i was when i woke up in the morning until that was taken away. It really worked well for me- there was a bus door to door, so the location was super convenient. The space was calm and clear. I hadn’t expected the results to be so instant- but if i’d known that in advance i don’t think it would have changed anything, except maybe made me more anxious in case it didn’t work. Thank you so much for helping- it has been a game changer for me.

—Viccy - Mother