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Some mothers experience PTSD after giving birth

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Everyone knows that giving birth is one of (if not the) most painful and traumatic experience the human body can endure. Before the advent of modern medicine, as many as 1 in 100 women died from the process. Unfortunately, modern medicine cannot eliminate all of the trauma associated with the delivery process. A report from the Atlantic details the emotional turmoil some new mothers experience as they try to deal with the trauma of giving birth. This post will go over these findings.

Many doctors confused post-partum depression with PTSD from delivery. While they may sound similar on the surface, they are very different. People who suffer from PTSD experience intrusive memories and flashbacks back to the trauma. Post-partum depression means that a new mother is having trouble connecting with her baby, she does not enjoy activities she once did, and she has trouble concentrating.

The trauma from child birth results because no one expects a complicated delivery process. The suddenness of the difficulty can push some mothers into PTSD. A typical example results when women go into premature birth. The entire process they expected is upended. They are not allowed to see their baby because it needs to receive immediate neonatal care. Furthermore, it could be days or weeks before they can touch, let alone hold their child. All of that amounts to intense trauma that can lead to PTSD in new mothers.

If you believe you were a victim of medical malpractice, you may want to speak with a lawyer. The trauma of dealing with an error during labor often results in PTSD and other emotional issues. Addressing and dealing with those feelings is difficult, but it is important that you do. You could pursue compensation if you or your child suffered injuries due to the negligence of the hospital staff. A lawyer can go over the facts of your case and advise you of the best way to pursue compensation.

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