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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.
The Institute For Women's Health at NY Methodist Hospital (See Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Program)
Cesarean Section (C-Section):I
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Post Partum Depression
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