A difficult birth is not only traumatic for the baby; it can also be quite traumatic for the new mother. When a child is born with a birth injury, the mother may experience a wide range of emotions that come to the surface and can create heartache long after the delivery.
No matter what a mother has been through, there are steps she can take to heal and feel better. In fact, dealing with the trauma is important for the good health and well-being of both the mother and the child. The following are a few suggestions for healing and moving beyond the challenging experiences that can come with a traumatic birth:
Be kind to yourself – You may experience anger, sadness, disappointment, frustration, and more after a traumatic birth. It is important to treat yourself lovingly for all you have been through. Allow yourself to experience those feelings, but do so with compassion.
Nurture your body – There are many ways you can focus on wellness and healing, and getting back to feeling good again. Yoga, meditation, warm baths, naps, and massages may help you reclaim your sense of being whole and feeling rejuvenated.
Breathe in a healing way – The “4-7-8” breathing technique can help to reset your anxiety response. Breathe in slowly to the count of four, then hold that breath for the slow count of even. Then exhale to the slow count of eight.
Seek therapeutic help – Some women who experience a traumatic birth may suffer from Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which is a real, diagnosable condition. A competent counselor or therapist can work with you to help you heal emotionally.
Seek legal advice – A lawyer with experience in traumatic birth and birth injury can review your medical records and work with you to evaluate whether a medical error or hospital negligence played a part in your situation. With the proper representation, you can recover financial compensation for your medical costs, therapy, any lasting effects of the birth injury, and suffering.If you have experienced a traumatic birth or your child was injured before, during, or after delivery, contact the experienced New Jersey birth injury lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow & McElroy, LLP. Call 732-777-0100 today to speak to a caring and dedicated medical malpractice lawyer, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we proudly serve clients throughout the state.