My Nontraumatic Birth Was Traumatic to Me

August 11, 2014 1:50 PM

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My Nontraumatic Birth Was Traumatic to Me

I didn't have a traumatic birth. At least according to the doctors and nurses that delivered my baby. My daughter's life was never in danger, neither was mine. There were no serious threats throughout my 15 hours or so of labor. My baby arrived healthy and safely made it to my arms to meet the mama who she knew only by the echoes of my voice and the soft beating of my heart. By medical standards, my labor and delivery may have been difficult, but not traumatic.

Even though my epidural wore off when I needed it the most and my pain became so severe that I entered a mental state of simultaneous shock, anger, confusion, and dissociation -- I did not have a traumatic birth.

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