-Do you find yourself re-experiencing the traumatic events through flashbacks, nightmares or intrusive thoughts?
-Do you avoid anything that reminds you of the trauma? Maybe you refuse to go near the hospital or avoid meeting others who are pregnant or have a new baby?
If you answer yes to any of these symptoms you may be experiencing trauma or Tokophobia. As a midwife and therapist I have seen, worked with and supported many mother’s, birth partners and health care professional who have experienced this trauma. Sadly this experience is all to common, under recognised and the effects often devastating. I am truly passionate about raising awareness and treating birth and perinatal.
If you have been through or witnessed a traumatic birth or perinatal event or feel phobic about giving birth please get in touch. I offer a fast, effective and safe solution so you can once again feel peace and calm. I strive to exceed expectations by using my expert training and experience and work in collaboration with you to help you heal, recover and feel you again.
I combine my training as a ‘Birth Trauma Resolution Therapist & Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) with years of experience as a NLP practitioner, Natal Hypnotherapy practitioner and midwife to offer an effective, and fast therapy which 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. An average of 3 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.
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. I also have a lot of experience of working with people with Tokophobia, Vaginismus, as well as supporting families who have tragically lost a baby. Contact me for more information.
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.