Symptoms of Birth Trauma


Anyone can experience Birth Trauma and may develop PTSD.

Many women will endure the threat of serious injury or death to themselves or their baby during childbirth and PTSD is a very normal response to what has happened. This is the mind trying to make sense of the story as the body/mind system was overwhelmed at the time. It is not a sign of weakness. It is a sign that your system is trying to process a difficult and frightening incident.




Symptoms can be:

  • Feeling fearful and helpless
  • Flashbacks or nightmares
  • Continued intrusive thoughts  (racing mind, going over and over what happened)
  • Avoiding anything that is a reminder of the birth – including talking about the birth
  • Or, conversely, obsessively talking and thinking about it
  • Hyper vigilance (being hyper aware and jumpy)
  • Anger and irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Chronic pain
  • Feeling frozen or numb
  • Difficulty connecting with your baby
  • Fear of another pregnancy