Birth Trauma: A Guide for You, Your Friends and Family to Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following Birth

Birth Trauma: A Guide for You, Your Friends and Family to Coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Following Birth

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By (author) Kim Thomas

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  • Publisher: Nell James Publishers
  • Format: Paperback | 164 pages
  • Dimensions: 126mm x 198mm x 12mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 28 June 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Chorley
  • ISBN 10: 0956702473
  • ISBN 13: 9780956702470
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 544,830

Product description

Birth ought to be a joyful experience: for some women, however, it is anything but. Women who have experienced a medical emergency during birth often find that the memory of it doesn't go away just because a healthy baby has been delivered. They experience the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder: flashbacks, sleeplessness, nightmares or extreme anxiety. Some go out of their way to avoid being reminded of the birth, and they may find it difficult to bond with their baby. Post-traumatic stress disorder after birth, known more simply as 'birth trauma', affects at least 10,000 women every year in England and Wales. Yet the condition is poorly misunderstood and women suffering from birth trauma often do not receive the treatment or support they need. They may be misdiagnosed as suffering from postnatal depression, and many find that friends and family, instead of being supportive, simply tell them to pull themselves together. This valuable and fascinating book explains everything you and your family and friends need to know about birth trauma: what causes it, how it affects your personal relationships, how to treat it and where to find support. Using the powerful personal stories of women who have suffered birth trauma and overcome it, this book shows that it is possible to go through this difficult experience and come out the other side. A percentage of all royalties is donated to charity. OUTSTANDING FEATURES: * Packed with information, expert advice and personal stories; * Offers practical help and support to women who have suffered birth trauma; * Easy-to-read, explains all jargon, and uses the stories of real women to illustrate the facts about birth trauma; * Includes a wealth of advice from a wide range of experts, including psychologists, midwives, lawyers and therapists; * Sympathetic and non-judgemental, this is a very valuable book for everyone affected by post-traumatic stress disorder and birth trauma. * part of the royalties from the sale of this book are donated to a charity.

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Author information

Kim Thomas has been a freelance journalist for 14 years, with her work appearing in a number of national newspapers including The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and the Financial Times. Kim has written extensively about pregnancy, birth and parenting and is currently Editor of 'Perspectives', the journal from the National Childbirth Trust. Her informative and excellent blog on birth trauma is http://birthtraumas.wordpress.com

Customer reviews

By Debbie Winters 26 Jul 2013 5

I bought this book for my sister and it has been so valuable to her and to the rest of us as we try to understand the impact my nephew's birth had on her. We had never heard of birth trauma before she was diagnosed with it and searching for it on the internet gave conflicting advice or confused it with post-natal depression. This book has therefore been a life saver; supportive, reassuring and lots of up-to-date research on modern treatments and coping strategies.

If you or someone you know experienced a difficult birth, and whether you have been diagnosed with birth trauma or not, I thoroughly recommend this book - not just for the person who has birth trauma but for their partner, family and friends as it offers advice for everyone.

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'An excellent book about the difficult, and often misunderstood, condition that is birth trauma. Highly recommend - clearly written, concise and practical. Useful for birth trauma sufferers, partners and friends as well as valuable for NCT practitioners.' NATIONAL CHILDBIRTH TRUST (NCT) 'An important, readable and cathartic book for anyone who has had a difficult birth, the kind that haunts you months or even years later. Suitable for women whether they have been diagnosed with PTSD/PND or not, as well as friends, family and health professionals.' MUMSNET 'A thorough, thoughtful, helpful book - an invaluable aide for friends and family of birth trauma sufferers' MUMMY SAYS

Table of contents

Introduction Chapter 1: What is birth trauma? Chapter 2: You and your baby Chapter 3: Partners, family and friends Chapter 4: Treatment and recovery Chapter 5: Taking action Chapter 6: Getting better Glossary References Appendix: Further information Index