By Sarah Noble
I had a traumatic birth.
I felt I had no choice but to accept medical intervention.
I felt powerless.
I didn’t feel in control.
I felt unseen, unheard.
I felt let down.
I didn’t have the support I needed.
It was mentally and physically traumatising.
So many mothers have a similar story to me.
They blame themselves.
They feel like their body failed them.
They felt coerced.
They didn’t have the right support that they needed.
If you felt physically and/or mentally traumatised from your birth.
You had a traumatic birth.
It doesn’t matter if someone else’s birth was “better” or “worse” than yours.
Your feelings are valid.
You tell yourself your feelings don’t matter, or it wasn’t traumatic enough, so you keep it buried inside.
How you feel matters.
Your birth matters.
Trauma looks different to everyone.
It’s never too late to heal.
Did you have a traumatic birth?
Sarah Noble is a Maternal Mental Health Coach, Motivational Speaker, and an Accredited Mindfulness Teacher. She specialises in helping first-time mums optimise their mental health, so they can navigate motherhood with confidence, clarity & authenticity. She lives in Dunedin with her partner and son Dylan, who is 21 months old. She is currently pregnant with number 2, after a miscarriage in January. She loves vegetables, rock music, nature, travel and swearing.