If you have experienced or witnessed a traumatic birth, miscarriage, stillbirth or termination you may experience grief, flashbacks, hypervigilance, anxiety, nightmares, anger or guilt.
Don’t suffer in silence. With the right support you can move forward.
Birth Trauma Scotland provides research-based, solution focused perinatal trauma therapy that will equip you with the right tools and techniques to activate your natural ability to heal.
As co-founder of ‘Birth Trauma Scotland’ I am passionate about raising awareness and treating birth and perinatal trauma and postnatal PTSD as a Birth Trauma Resolution Therapist.
I combine years of experience as a midwife and Natal Hypnotherapy practitioner with specialist training in Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP), Eye Movement Desensitization, Reprocessing (EMDR)and Brain Working Recursive Therapy, accredited by the Royal College of Midwives and Human Givens Institute of psychotherapy.
This approach is powerful and highly effective – only three sessions are normally needed for you to feel relief from these debilitating symptoms and completely recover.
Do you suffer from flashbacks, nightmares or intrusive thoughts?
Do you avoid hospitals or meeting friends who are pregnant or have a baby?
Are you constantly feeling ‘low’, tearful or guilty?
Do you feel hypervigilant – constantly alert, irritable or jumpy?
Is it difficult to remember the events surrounding your traumatic labour and birth?
If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing trauma. Some women can also develop an extreme fear of pregnancy and childbirth, known as tokophobia. Birth partners and health care professionals can also experience birth trauma after witnessing a traumatic birth.
Sadly, these symptoms often go unrecognised and the effects can impact your daily life in a big way. But you can change this by accessing fast, effective therapy that can eliminate these debilitating symptoms.
I have extensive experience of working with those affected by traumatic perinatal trauma and postnatal PTSD, including those affected by miscarriage or who suffer from phobias related to birth, such as tokophobia or vaginismus. I also have experience of working with people who have been affected by abuse and sexual abuse.
Induction of labour, emergency medical interventions and premature birth can all be extremely traumatic and trigger PTSD. Associated events connected to a birth or the postnatal period can also cause similar distress, including lack of medical care, traumatic scans during pregnancy, coping with repeated sleep deprivation, problems with breastfeeding or a baby with reflux.
Your treatment will be personalised to address your individual experience so that you can quickly heal, recover and move forward.
Only around 7% of women are diagnosed with PTSD after childbirth. It is thought that a further 20 – 25% of women that have symptoms go undiagnosed or are misdiagnosed as suffering from postnatal depression.
You do not need to have fully diagnosable PTSD to receive treatment – if you have negative feelings about any aspect of your pregnancy, birth or postnatal period, then I can help you.