I'm currently writing a white paper for ICAN on the topic of PTSD...and so many things are coming up. More info than I ever expected to see. It's so sad that so many women need to talk about their traumatic births.
I am one of these moms. I had very bad PTSD after my son's birth. I wrote about all the details here on my blog. If it would help you to know that you're not alone, you can read my story (I don't hold anything back!):http://bostonhealthcoach.blogspot.com/
I'm still putting together the white paper... so I don't have all of my resources together yet... but I can say that there are a few resources that I think would be helpful for any moms who are trying to help themselves recover from PTSD.
1. The first thing that's so important is to know that it's not your fault. It's not your fault. It's real, and it stinks, but it's not your fault. But you will get better. Even if it feels like you won't. You will.
2. I want to encourage moms suffering from PTSD to sign up for a Conscious Woman webinar being done by Sharon Storton of Solace. I got the chance to listen in to Sharon's presentation last week, and it was amazing. SO many good facts and helpful info for moms who are suffering from PTSD. Here's the info:http://www.consciouswoman.org/2007/1...ood-disorders/
3. EMDR is a treatment option that is proven to be VERY effective for trauma. If you go to a typical care provider, they won't officially diagnose you with PTSD unless you meet all 7 criteria from the DSM. But even if you only have one or two symptoms, you should seek treatment... because just one or two symptoms can totally wreak havoc on your life.
If left untreated, PTSD can linger, and can turn into generalized anxiety disorder or PPD, so please ask for help.
4. EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing) helps you to release the emotions and trauma associated with your birth. It is usually effective in 2-4 sessions, and works fast. It is proven to work... and to learn more, you can go here:http://www.emdr.com/
I'm looking to include mom's personal PTSD stories and examples in my PTSD white paper for ICAN... so if anyone is willing to share their story with me, I'd be honored to read it. My email is: [email protected]
I'll post again once the white paper is done so you can see all the great resources and info available.