Parents, if you have experienced any form of trauma leading up to, during or in follow up to giving birth, we're going to be discussing how to care for your mental health. What a lonely and intense experience it can be, and Rita is going to help us all understand what birth trauma experiences are like, reassure you that not only are you not alone, but there are real ways through the pain.
As an adoptive parent who has never given birth, I can't even imagine what you brave parents have experienced. It seems so vulnerable, fraught with risks and variables, and there's so much at stake. I wish for you all, the best possible outcomes and ongoing mental health and wellbeing, and if you've gone through traumatic experiences, may you find true relief and healing from the real pain you've been living with.
If this topic hits home for you, please practice self-care before, while and after listening to this episode. Notice what comes up for you in your body, thoughts you might have and fears that linger in your bones. Know that there's help available to you if you need it, and that your lived experience is legitimate, however it was imprinted on you. If you know someone who might find themselves in the stories told in today's episode, please consider sharing this with them.
Rita created a custom postpartum care guide for you, which you will receive in your inbox by subscribing here. And spoiler alert - she'll be back for a second conversation next episode on Postpartum Depression & Anxiety.
Here to hold space for you on your journey,
If you'd like to learn more about our guest, you can follow Rita Girn on Instagram @rkmggroup and find her profile on Psychology Today here, or in the Postpartum Support Directory here. We'll promote this episode again during Birth Trauma Awareness Week from July 19-25, 2021.
If you'd like to do more reading or access further support, check out these resources:
Postpartum Support and birth trauma resources out of Vancouver, BC.
Healing after traumatic birth or prevention/treatment or birth trauma association.
If you'd like to access the printable resources out of Australia, go here for the guides. Birth trauma recovery resources can also be found here.
And here are some suggested reading materials on the subject:
Traumatic Childbirth by Cheryl Tatano Beck(2013)
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D. (2015)
The Body Remembers: The Psychophysiology of Trauma and Trauma Treatment: Norton Professional Books (Hardcover) by Babbette Rothschild (2000)