A birth debriefing session can provide a safe space for parents to tell their story and is the first step to understanding what happened and what course of action to take, if appropriate - this lasts 50 minutes and is £50.
The rewind technique is a very effective and well tested technique that neutralises the disturbing feelings associated with birth trauma. The memory of what happened still exists but it no longer provokes anxiety, panic, guilt, anger or sadness allowing the person to move forward with their life.
Usually one or two sessions are enough for people for feel a significant difference and reduction in their symptoms.
Prices start at £125 which includes 1 x 50 minute consultation + 1 x 1.5 hour session.
Birth Trauma is often misdiagnosed as post natal depression and although the two can exist together, they are very different.
Some of the signs that you may be experiencing birth trauma:
Having flashbacks, nightmares or persistent memories about the birth
Distress over anything that reminds you of birth - including anniversaries, birthdays, other women's birth stories
Avoidance of activities - baby groups, places you might be forced to think about birth
Feeling emotionally detached from others/numb
Being hospital phobic
Difficulty remembering the birth - only fragmented memories
Fear of sex/intimacy
Fear of having anymore children
These are all symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder. Post traumatic stress is not a mental illness, but a response to an abonormal event. In treating PTSD it is said that it is unhelpful to refocus on the trauma as it re-exposes the person to traumatic events. In my experience women experiencing birth trauma rarely have a day where they are not in some way reliving the traumatic event. Birth trauma is also unique in the narrative that surrounds it. The focus is very often on being 'lucky' to have a healthy baby and women are encouraged to move on and forget about it.
Being heard, unhurried and accepted can be enough for some women to begin their healing. Creating a positive narrative of the traumatic experience and feeling validated is powerful. Sometimes more work needs to occur and therapeutic techniques such as the rewind technique (recognised by NICE for treating trauma) are a necessary part of healing.
What you can expect:
We will meet for a consultation (50 mins) and this is an opportunity to explore feelings around your birth and decide on the best plan.
This is £50
We will then book a subsequent session for either counselling or the Rewind Technique.
“The way a woman gives birth can affect the whole of the rest of her life. How can that not matter? Unless the woman herself does not matter”
Beverly Beech & Belinda Phipps