Birth Trauma: One Woman’s Experience and Healing

Guest post by Lauren Henderberg

It is imperative that we begin to connect and realize that birth trauma can result in post traumatic stress disorder.  As you know, trauma is in the eye of the beholder, thus, any threatening and seemingly helpless situation may develop into full blown PTSD for the person experiencing it

In March of 2008, I had my first child.  Because of prolonged labor, botched instrumental delivery, and a severe post-partum hemorrhage, I was left with an experience that would plague me for years to come. I began experiencing symptoms of PTSD immediately, however, because PTSD is not commonly linked with birth trauma, it took nearly 2 years to begin the treatment I so desperately needed and deserved

My PTSD was successfully treated through EMDR. (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing).  This amazing therapy taught me that I can move on, I can live again without fear, and I can experience a life without triggers.

Through successful completion of my PTSD therapy, I have begun to take on another role in my life.  The role of advocate.  With the memory of the trauma no longer serving as a trigger, my trauma can serve as a platform to begin to talk with others about the possible traumatic perils of a frightening childbirth experience as well as highlight the capacity for healing.

I have begun a blog,, which outlines my personal journey with the trauma and the treatments that are available.  It is with great joy that I can truly say that I have reached a point in my healing journey that I can begin to help others through my words and actions.  The ability to help others stems out of the understanding of my own journey. It is my hope to proactively fight for others to have similar success on their own treatment journey.

Thanks for Reading, Lauren

Lauren Henderberg is a young woman who suffered severe emotional and physical trauma as a result of childbirth.  She emerged from her trauma with the help of competent therapist, amazing medical interventions, and the support of family and friends.  She has created a blog,, in an effort to inform, empathize, and advocate.

The ideas contained in this post solely represent the perspective of the author. To contribute to ‘Survivors Speak’ contact Michele.


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