Resources For a Traumatic Birth Experience

No two birth experiences are alike and a mother's transition from labor and delivery to new motherhood can be vastly different. For some , moving out of a traumatic birth experience (TBE) can take a long time to happen. Some have been physically injured by the birth of their baby, and postpartum care doesn't always address these health issues. Others are impacted by anxiety, anger and disappointment around their birth as well as full blown postpartum depression. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can be a possible outcome of childbirth. 

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If you have experienced a traumatic birth, please be vocal about it. The daily routine of caring for a new baby can crowd out your own needs out. You should talk to your partner, family, friends, or baby group, but you should certainly talk to your doctor. Make an appointment specifically with your own doctor and try and arrange for someone to watch the baby so the focus can remain on you.  

Here are resources to cope with a traumatic birth experience.  

NYC-Specific Resources: 

The Institute For Women's Health at NY Methodist Hospital (See Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Program)

Selli Birth Support

PSP Webinar on Pelvic Floor Issues

PSP Physical Therapists Recommendations (Pelvic Floor, etc.)


Online Resources: 

Birth Trauma Association


Cesarean Section (C-Section): 

nternational Cesarean Awarenss Network

C-Section Recovery


Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Post Partum Depression 

Yahoo Group:

Website Resources

With links to differentiate PTSD and PPD, coping with flashbacks, and information about what are the symptoms of PTSD


More Information about PTSD After Childbirth: 

·  Post Natal PTSD (PDF) from the Birth Trauma Association

·  Another Baby After PTSD? (PDF) from the Birth Trauma Association

·  Doulas: Nurturing and Protecting Women’s Memories of Their Birth Experiences (PDF) by Penny Simkin

·  AFTER PAINS: Birth Stories don't always have happy endings (PDF) By Rosemary Barraclough, New Zealand Treasures Magazine

·  Healing the Trauma: Entering Motherhood with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) from Midwifery Today, by Jennifer Jamison Griebenow