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Trauma. It's no simple thing. And as much as we wish it were the case, there is no quick-fix, no miracle cure, no one-size-fits-all way to address and heal it. Because trauma is so personal, so subjective most of the time, what is helpful for one person in dealing with it may not be for another. 

Below are a number of resources, links and ideas that have been supportive for women in their journeys with Birth Trauma.

While it is advised to be under the care of a health care professional, YOU are your best guide as you walk the healing path.

May your instincts and intuition guide you to the people, the places, the experiences and the modalities that will be most supportive for you. May those things find YOU when you don't have the energy or the hope to seek them out.

And while it may often seem like it when you are in the depths of trauma, you are NOT alone in this. May you hold on to that along the way.

Important Note:

These links and suggestions are not an authoritative diagnosis or prescribed treatment. Please be under the care of a qualified health care professional. Trauma is not to be taken lightly.

If you are at the end of your rope, and your life, or the life of someone else, is at risk, call 1-800-273-8255 in North America;

1850 60 90 90 (ROI - local rate) or 1850 60 90 91 (ROI minicom) in the UK; or 1300 659 467 in Australia.

Online Info & Resources

  • Articles by PATTCh founder Penny Simkin: Pain, Suffering, and Trauma in Labor and Subsequent Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Practical Suggestions to Prevent PTSD After Childbirth (Part 1 & Part 2)

Healing Modalities

  • Professional Counseling, ideally with a therapist specializing in trauma and PTSD.
  • EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) is recognized by the American Psychiatric Association, the World Health Organization and the Department of Defense as being highly effective in the treatment of various kinds of trauma. Find a Clinician in your area.
  • EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) or "Tapping" combines acupressure with psychology and "is proving to be a powerful, well-researched and easy to learn and apply technique" for countless issues, including trauma release.
  • TRE® (Tension, Stress & Trauma Release Exercise) "is an innovative series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma. Created by Dr. David Berceli, PhD, TRE® safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system."
  • Group Peer Support/Healing Circles
  • Maya Therapy is a hands-on therapy used for centuries by the Mayan people. Beneficial for addressing scar tissue, correcting uterine prolapse, repositioning reproductive organs. It also facilitates emotional release, since trauma is often stored in scars and connective tissue.
  • CranioSacral Therapy is a non-invasive, gentle-touch therapy that acknowledges the body, mind and spirit. The intention of this holistic approach is to facilitate and enhance the body's own self-healing capabilities.

~The intent of this page is to provide women and their families with information on as many resources for support and healing as possible.

Healing Birth Trauma holds no affiliation with any of the above-mentioned or -linked sites, resources, modalities or products, save the music of Jen Hannah.~