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Birth injury affects mom, too

The arrival of a new child is meant to be a celebration. But sometimes events occur that can be difficult. A birth injury can be troublesome for both mother and child, and is sometimes known as traumatic birth syndrome. Some Rhode Island mothers may be able to relate to the experience of this syndrome, and may be looking for answers on how to handle it. 

When a person generally thinks about birth injury, he or she tends to think of how the child is affected. But a mother can also be traumatized by the process of labor and delivery due to tears, hemorrhaging, stillbirth, the need for NICU or prior trauma. A mother who has undergone these types of problems may experience symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder after the birth of the child. 

PTSD can make a person ruminate on the events of the medical procedure constantly, or it can cause the individual to have flashbacks. The person's quality of life is affected, and it can also affect how the mother is able to care for the new child. The postpartum mother can experience fear, anxiety or horror and may have flashbacks of the event. 

Traumatic birth syndrome is just one type of birth injury. This particular type just so happens to affect the mother. In Rhode Island, if a woman gets postpartum PTSD as the result of negligent actions on the part of her physician or medical team, she may have options for legal recourse. A consultation with a medical malpractice attorney may provide answers as to whether grounds exist for a claim based upon evidence of medical negligence.

Source:, "What Is A Traumatic Birth Syndrome?", Autumn Jones, Accessed on Sept. 6, 2017

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