For many women across the world, the arrival of a new baby is an emotional yet joyful and exciting time. However, for approximately 30,000 women, the arrival of their baby is highly traumatic.

Although birth plans may have been put in place and pregnancies may have been trouble-free, birth traumas either during or after birth are sadly often inevitable. Addiction can occur as a result of trauma, so if you are experiencing drug or alcohol addiction and birth trauma, get in touch for dual diagnosis treatment at Nova Recovery.

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Upon experiencing a birth trauma, women are offered treatment during their time in hospital. However, due to its very nature, birth trauma may continue to impair a woman’s mental health in the days, weeks, months and even years to come. As a result, birth trauma is classified as a form of post-traumatic stress disorder that requires treatment.

Sadly, research has determined that at least one-third of mothers who experience a traumatic birth are thought to struggle with birth trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. Yet, the number of women seeking birth trauma treatment is somewhat minimal.

If you find yourself battling birth trauma, addiction and experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder, you must secure birth trauma treatment.

What Is Birth Trauma?

As defined by the mental health charity Mind, birth trauma is a type of postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder that arises when traumatic events during labour and childbirth occur.

Similar to other forms of post-traumatic stress disorder, postnatal birth trauma sees women experience vivid flashbacks, nightmares and replicated physical sensations similar to those that may have been encountered during birth.

Signs and Symptoms Of Birth Trauma

Sadly, birth trauma comes hand-in-hand with a wealth of signs and symptoms. However, as many of the symptoms associated with birth trauma are psychological, it can be challenging to ascertain whether an individual is suffering from birth trauma.

If you are personally struggling with birth trauma, as touched on above, you will likely experience flashbacks, nightmares and physical sensations similar to those encountered during childbirth. You may also find it difficult to sleep, and you may feel increasingly anxious.

Some women may also find it difficult to bond with their newborn baby, whereas others will become exceptionally overprotective of their child.

In other instances, women who struggle with birth trauma will isolate themselves from others and avoid any places, events, or people that remind them of the trauma experienced, and this can lead to drug or alcohol addiction.

If you are familiar with any of the symptoms noted above, please do not be afraid to ask for help.

Sourcing Birth Trauma Treatment

If you find yourself searching for birth trauma treatment, you may find yourself ready to secure the treatment you need to help you overcome birth trauma.  However, doing so can be somewhat tricky.  As a result, birth trauma treatment is often dismissed.

To ensure that birth trauma treatment can be easily obtained, here at Nova Recovery, we welcome you to refer yourself for dual diagnosis treatment at our residential rehab.  Our referral service will enable you to secure the treatment you need with ease if you also suffer from a substance addiction alongside birth trauma.

It should be noted that birth trauma can also impact men that have witnessed their partners go through traumatic birth experiences. For this very reason, addiction and birth trauma treatment is available to both men and women at our rehab.

Birth Trauma Treatment at Nova Recovery Scotland

As birth trauma is a form of post-traumatic stress disorder, much of the birth trauma treatment that we provide at Nova Recovery will encourage you to reflect on the trauma that you have experienced in a bid to help you cope better with the emotions and feelings that swarm your mind.

Our birth trauma treatment will also ensure that you can mitigate the overall impact your birth trauma has on your day-to-day life by helping you create coping strategies.

Although the birth trauma treatment you are offered will entirely depend on the severity of your post-traumatic stress disorder, you will likely encounter a combination of psychological and well-being therapies.

Psychological Therapy For Birth Trauma

Psychological therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy and trauma counselling are highly effective forms of addiction and birth trauma treatment.

As touched on above, each of these therapies will encourage you to reflect on the trauma experienced.

While you may find this difficult, with the help of our experienced psychologists, doing so will enable you to regain control of your emotions, thoughts and behaviour.

Well-Being Therapy For Birth Trauma

Although psychological therapy is instrumental in overcoming birth trauma and addiction, at Nova Recovery, we encourage those in our rehab to participate in well-being therapy.

Well-being therapy provides an additional outlet when it comes to expressing emotions and feelings. It helps many relieve themselves of suppressed emotions through the employment of activities such as yoga.

Please bear in mind that our substance abuse and birth trauma treatment programmes are bespoke to your needs. Considering this, you may not experience all of the treatments discussed above.

If you would like to find out more about the dual diagnosis birth trauma treatment that we can offer you, we welcome you to contact us directly. In doing so, our admissions team can conduct a pre-admissions assessment and offer you a wealth of advice and guidance.

Family Birth Trauma Treatment

Although birth trauma has severe consequences on the lives of women who have personally experienced traumatic births, birth trauma can also have negative impacts on families. As a result, family birth trauma treatment may be required.

Usually, family therapy is incorporated into psychological therapy and will see affected family members invited to participate in a number of family therapy sessions.

Family therapy will help the family members affected navigate the trauma they have experienced.

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Although you may be hesitant about discussing your birth trauma and securing addiction and birth trauma treatment, it is vital that you do so.

Not only will birth trauma treatment help you overcome the trauma experienced, but it will help you as you look to acquire a more positive and optimistic outlook on life.

If you would like to discuss our dual diagnosis treatment programme with us, please call us today. Likewise, if you would like to refer yourself for birth trauma treatment, we can help you do just that.

John Gillen - Author - Last updated: June 23, 2023

John has travelled extensively around the world, culminating in 19 years’ experience looking at different models. He is the European pioneer of NAD+ (Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide) treatment to Europe in 2010; and recently back from the USA bringing state of the art Virtual Reality Relapse Prevention and stress reduction therapy. His passion extends to other metabolic disturbances and neurodegenerative diseases. The journey continues. In recent times, John has travelled to Russia to study and research into a new therapy photobiomudulation or systemic laser therapy working with NAD+ scientists and the very best of the medical professionals in the UK and the USA, together with Nadcell, Bionad Hospitals own select Doctors, nurses, dieticians and therapists. Johns’ passion continues to endeavour to bring to the UK and Europe new developments with NAD+ Therapy in preventive and restorative medicine and Wellness. In 2017 John Gillen was made a visiting Professor at the John Naisbitt university in Belgrade Serbia.