Birth injuries don’t only affect a child. They can have a serious effect on the mother as well. After childbirth, it’s been found that around 7 percent of women develop post-traumatic stress disorder. This disorder makes it difficult to live a normal life following the birth due to anxiety, depression and other symptoms.
There are some symptoms of PTSD that you can recognize. These include reliving aspects of the trauma during dreams or because of intrusive memories, avoiding anything that would remind you of a trauma — like not wanting to see your child or family members who were present during the birth — and being in a hyper-vigilant state.
It’s not uncommon for people who are suffering from PTSD to have insomnia, a loss of libido or emotional detachment. Emotional detachment may also be a sign of post-natal depression. Birth trauma can affect people besides the mother or child; loved ones who attend women during childbirth could suffer from this condition, too. For example, a husband may be upset that he could not do more for his wife during the birth or that he was not as good of an advocate for her health as he could have been.
Since there is a risk of PTSD with cases where trauma occurred, medical providers should be looking for signs that and depression. If you have suffered a serious injury during birth or have PTSD as a result of witnessing traumas that affected your child, you may be in a position to seek compensation from the medical provider. Our website has more information on how you can proceed.