What can Make a Birth Traumatic?

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The birth of a baby is usually one of life’s most joyful events, but the delivery itself can be one of the most traumatic. This can be for many reasons, such as:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Not having procedures explained to you before they’re carried out
  • A fear of feeling alone and out of control
  • Fearing that you or your baby will die
  • Pain management during the delivery
  • A poor bedside manner from treating clinicians
  • The speed of your labour

We’ll explore each of these in depth, but we should stress that while these are generalised and not specific, you shouldn’t push yourself to read on if discussion of these topics makes you uncomfortable. Please look after yourself and your mental health.

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Common causes of traumatic births

Medical Emergencies

Births are unpredictable, so it’s inevitable that medical emergencies will sometimes happen. But if an emergency happens and you don’t understand what’s happening, or it’s not correctly explained to you, this may cause trauma, as you may feel you have no control over what’s going on.

We understand that dealing with the consequences of medical mistakes when you have just delivered your baby, can be hugely distressing, but our friendly and supportive team have lots of experience in this area, and will be happy to discuss how we can help you.

If you have any concerns about the care you received during your birth, please get in touch with our expert Medical Negligence Solicitors.

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