Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Pre and Postpartum Post Traumatic Stress Disorder are caused by a real and/or perceived traumatic experience/s.  One example is birth trauma. Birth trauma can result from any unexpected event such as feeling a loss of control and powerlessness, inadequate communication during delivery, with partner or medical staff, insufficient support, fetal or infant complications, unplanned C-Sections, need for NICU or a deviation from a birth plan.

Common Symptoms

  • Sense of detachment
  • Increased arousal or being easily startled
  • Insomnia
  • Hypervigilance
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Flashbacks and/or nightmares
  • Avoidance of stimuli associated with the event, such as people, places, mental images and details of the birth.

Risk Factors

  • Any previous trauma(s)
  • Adverse childhood events
  • Prior Infertility
  • Loss and/or termination
  • Hemorrhage
  • Preeclampsia
  • Unexpected hysterectomy or surgeries
  • Perineal trauma
  • Cardiac complications

Mothers who feel they may be suffering from PTSD are advised to visit the Hevlei Kesher resource directory to find assistance.