Tag Archives: Healing From Birth

How to write your birth story after a traumatic birth (& why it can be a healing step)

  Writing my birth story gave me my birth back. Somehow, knowing the order that things happened in, and what was going on beyond my own experience, and expressing fully what was going on for me, worked together to give me the feeling that, finally, it was ‘my’ birth. At last. Such a massive leap […]

Introducing ‘How to Heal a Bad Birth’ – our new book!

Finally! After 8 years of writing, researching, sharing our knowledge, gathering poignant stories from women and men, and learning about the publishing process…all alongside caring for our families’ needs…our book is DONE. ‘How to Heal a Bad Birth : making sense, making peace and moving on’ will be available worldwide JUNE 23!

Retrieving your birth records after a traumatic birth : how to get them, what to do with them, and why it can be a healing step

Many women who have had a traumatic birth retrieve their birth notes to aid in the healing process, and in preparation for a subsequent birth. Going over your notes (especially with a midwife who understands that birth matters) can be very powerful in helping you move to a new level of healing and knowledge. At […]

Coping with birthdays after a traumatic birth : why it’s hard, and what helps

For a woman who has experienced a traumatic birth, the anticipation of her child’s upcoming birthday can be intense. When there is an event looming that threatens to take her back to the feelings of the birth, which she often has not had a chance to process, it can feel like being held captive on […]

This is Melissa (not Melissa from Birthtalk - another Melissa!) meeting her daughter Mia in an empowering, positive, water birth.

Do I Need to ‘Walk On Eggshells’ When Talking About Positive Birth to Traumatised Women?

A woman called Megan had written a blogpost in response to one of our articles she had seen published in Pathways magazine. She has sent us a link to her response, thus inviting a comment. We have chosen to publish our comment here, as we felt the issues Megan raised need addressing, as a few […]

Birth Trauma : Does Nature Give a Damn?

  In one of our most popular blogposts, titled “Childbirth – as traumatic as a mid-air QANTAS flight emergency?”, we make the following statement : “Birth can be good.  Which can be a hard thing for a woman traumatised by her birth to hear. But really, it explains one of the reasons that it hurts […]

The Pitfalls of ‘Going With The Flow’ in Birth

So many of us aim to ‘just go with the flow’ as our birthplan. But could the gentle flow of birth we envisage actually be undermined with this approach? Could ‘going with the flow’ even be detrimental to a positive start to life for your new family?   Birthtalk.org (authors of How to Heal a […]