- Mumsnet Reviews
- Product Information
"For anyone who has had a 'difficult birth'…"
This is a really important book for anyone who has had a difficult birth, the kind that haunts you months or even years later (which is probably a lot of mothers). I’m not aware of any other books which cover how to cope with a difficult birth or longer-term problems relating to it. It is very readable, I sat down and read it in a few hours, and found it very cathartic (having had a ‘difficult birth’ myself). One of the best things about this book is that it contains lots of case-studies, telling the stories of women who have had traumatic birth experiences, and had treatment either for post-traumatic stress disorder or other problems. Their voices are really poignant and touching. There is also a section on family and friends’ reaction which I could relate to, as sometimes people can be quite dismissive or not really understand just how traumatic a birth can be and how much this can affect the time after birth.
The tag line for the book does specifically mention ‘post-traumatic stress’ disorder which may lead some women to think it is not for them unless they have been diagnosed with PTSD, however, I think a much wider audience who have had a difficult birth or have found it hard to move on from birth experiences, would benefit from reading it. Also, many women struggle to get a PTSD diagnosis as GPs may know little about it or diagnose PND instead. For this reason, this book would also be really useful for health professionals, such as nurses, midwives, or doctors in training, anyone who is going to encounter women for whom the birth experience may be traumatic.
In short, this is a really good book for all those mums out there who had a terrible time of giving birth, or anyone supporting them.Read moreLess