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How You Can Emotionally Heal After Birth Trauma

Childbirth can be a scary and traumatic experience for birthing mothers, as well as their partners. Research finds that up to 45 percent of mothers report experiencing “birth trauma.” Birth trauma is poorly defined in the research but may be any experience during the birth that is distressing or disturbing to the birthing mother and/or their partner and that causes ongoing distress for some time after the birth. Birth trauma can include medical complications for the mother or baby, emergency C-sections, lack of respect and compassion from medical professionals, resuscitation at birth, the infant being taken to the NICU, or feeling in extreme pain or out of control during labor. However, birth trauma can be any experience that the woman perceives to be traumatic. What a medical team sees as a successful and smooth delivery with no medical complications may have been traumatic to the mother.


Trauma Denial: How to Recognize It and Why It Matters

Denial of trauma is a defense mechanism that protects you from emotional pain. Sometimes, however, healing is on the other side of it.


Surviving Childhood Trauma

Titus, 6 foot 3 and all smiles, sought executive coaching with me. He wanted to learn better ways to impress upon his superiors that he deserved a promotion. I asked Titus about his background. He was born in upstate New York. As an infant, he was left outside in the winter cold so his parents would not be disturbed by his crying. Rescued by a concerned neighbor, he was placed in a foster home. He witnessed domestic violence between his foster parents. Child protective services removed him from that home after he was beaten by his foster father.


Moving Safely Through PTSD Recovery


"I Have Anxiety About Having Anxiety"

The experience of intense anxiety is awful. A wildly pounding heart and paralyzed body collide as a person’s negative thoughts travel at the speed of light. Sounds are both amplified and muffled. Spaces seem to shrink until a person attempts to find an exit and suddenly the path to the door seems a mile away. In this state a person can’t trust what they see, feel, think, or do. The impulse to run screaming from the moment is powerful.



EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing

Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a fairly new, nontraditional type of psychotherapy. It's growing in popularity, particularly for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD often occurs after experiences such as military combat, physical assault, rape, or car accidents.


3 Victim Mentalities That Can Impede Progress

A victim mentality—or a belief that one is a victim of external circumstances, generalized across a wide variety of situations and relationships—is a relatively common socioemotional problem. Among the most devastating aspects of this issue is its potential to prevent true recovery after adversity and to stop healthy relationships from developing. While many people in the world will experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime, an eternal sense of victimhood can bring any subsequent resolution to a grinding halt.


“Blocked Care” and “Blocked Trust” in Adoptive and Foster Families

Almost daily, my husband tries to warm up to our cat, Nina, who joined our family from the Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) many years ago. In his kindest, gentlest voice, with treat in hand, he’ll gingerly squat down to the floor. “Here Nina, come baby.” Her liquid green eyes grow big and scared as she slinks away and darts around the corner, feigning disinterest, until I present her with the same treat, which she eagerly gobbles from my palm. “I didn’t do anything to her, but she hates me!” My husband imparts. “I try so hard! Whatever, Nina.”


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