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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Approximately 9 percent of women experience PTSD in the following weeks, months, or even years after childbirth. Oftentimes, this is caused by a real or perceived danger of being physically harmed or losing one’s life during delivery or postpartum.

Traumas may include:

  • Unexpected C-section
  • Infant being place in the NICU
  • Poor communication or support during delivery
  • Physical complications as a result of pregnancy or childbirth

Common symptoms include:

  • Distressing flashbacks or nightmares of the traumatic event
  • Avoidance of symptoms, people, and places associated with the event
  • Persistent negative mood
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Feelings of detachment with reality
  • Inability to remember certain aspects of the event