Post traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) can affect some 3% of women after childbirth, and partners may also be affected.
Why does PTSD occur? We can think of our brains as filing cabinets for storing away our memories. Most memories are properly stored and retrieved when we wish to or something triggers us to. It is thought that when the memory of a traumatic event might not be stored away properly, causing PTSD.
PTSD symptoms can vary between individuals and can include:
- Re-experiencing the event, for example, flashbacks, nightmares, physical sensations such as sweating or shaking, constant negative thoughts regarding the event and why it happened
- Avoidance of things that might remind them of the event including certain people and places, and constantly trying to suppress memories of the event
- Emotional numbing whereby people can try to avoid certain feelings and end up trying to not feel anything at all
- Hyperarousal and feeling constantly on edge, which can lead to irritability, insomnia and difficulty concentrating.
The Rewind is a visualisation technique which aims to help you properly store away your memory of the event (as if into your memory filing cabinet). You should then be able to recall the memory when prompted, but it should not pop up constantly and affect your life in the same way. This can help your mental health and relationships as well as help you prepare for another pregnancy/baby.
Benefits of treating:
Reduce your symptoms, improve your quality of life and relationships
Be able to plan and better prepare for another birth and new baby
The Rewind technique is quick and accessible
This standalone treatment is £50 or included in the course fee if you are taking a hypnobirthing course with me. It can be done either over Zoom, in your home or wherever convenient.