Maternal Mental Health Pressure Points
It is believed anywhere between 25 – 34% of women report have endured a traumatic birth.
This is a frighteningly high percentage.
In my experience, many women are too frightened to report the symptoms due to:
1) Fear their baby will be taken away from them.
2) Feelings of going mad/out of their mind, due to horrendous PTSD symptoms.
3) Not understanding what is happening to them physically, mentally and emotionally.
4) Feeling of guilt and shame – being told they should be grateful for having a healthy baby.
5) Not realising there is FAST, EFFECTIVE treatment available.
6) Being wrongly diagnosed with PND.
7) Fear of talking about the intensity of their feelings.
8) Wanting to reject their baby and withdrawal from the world and normal activity.
‘PTSD has been described as living in a private hell’ – Human Givens College of Psychotherapy
It Needs Fast, Effective treatment with clinical evidence for its effectiveness –
What the experts are saying:
RCM – Maternal Mental Health – pressure points.
‘For too long, postnatal care has remained the undervalued and under-resourced element of maternity care, despite the wealth of evidence demonstrating its importance.’
A woman’s entitlement –
‘Women should have their emotional wellbeing, including their emotional attachment to their baby, assessed at each postnatal contact.’
Birth trauma association – What we are currently using for effective treatment of birth trauma PTSD in this country?
NICE have recommended that PTSD due to a single event (such as a traumatic birth) will require 8 – 12 sessions – each session is usually around 50 minutes long.
Twelve sessions of EMDR eliminated post-traumatic stress disorder 77 % of the time with combat veterans.
CBT has been shown to be effective for PTSD and is, therefore, the treatment of choice.
It usually involves 6 to 10 sessions of up to an hour over the course of two or three months.
Medication can also help in some cases, in the form of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI’s).
But even more worrying –
When exploring women’s experiences of a Birth Afterthoughts Service
Many UK maternity service providers offer postnatal debriefing services, but the evidence base is unclear as randomised controlled trials use different or non-specific interventions. There is also evidence that routine debriefing can be harmful to some women. While most studies demonstrate that women value the opportunity to discuss their experience of childbirth with a midwife, ‘routine’ debriefing can be harmful to some women.
Evidence Based Midwifery: June 2008
For the first time, there is a training course for birth professionals offering FAST, EFFECTIVE treatment for birth trauma/PTSD.
Jenny Mullan, herself a birth trauma specialist, has designed a brand new training course giving practitioners highly effective tools and techniques for treating trauma in sometimes as little as 2 sessions. This is excellent news for practitioners working within the NHS and for men and women who have suffered a traumatic birth.
The course will help professionals including midwives, health visitors, doctors and birth workers to diagnose birth PTSD/trauma and offer FAST, EFFECTIVE treatment.
This should prevent misdiagnosis of PND and should help women come forward who are suffering the untold horrors of PTSD symptoms.
By raising awareness, Jenny Mullan aims to support the growth and empowerment of women at this most significant and important time in their life, returning then to the joys of motherhood.
This training course should not be missed!!!
If you interested in training to be a ‘certified Birth Trauma Resolution Practitioner’
Please call (07870416003) to book a place.
I look forward to seeing you on my training course soon
Jenny Mullan – Course director and founder of ‘birth trauma resolution practitioner training.’