“I knew before I got pregnant that my trauma would shape the way I gave birth. I had seen how even just fear and anxiety surrounding birth could stall labor, make labor more painful, and even prevent a vaginal delivery.”
Women who survive rape in adulthood often face tremendous challenges during childbirth. Kailee’s narrative offers us an insider's perspective on these challenges and offers hope and guidance for women who desire a vaginal birth. Click here to read Kailee’s story in its entirety.
Anne's story illustrates how shared decision making helped a woman with severe PTSD navigate the childbirth experience. Click here to read her story and learn more about her experience.
This story highlights the challenges we face when we don't understand a different culture, be that a different ethnic background, gender preference, or type of childhood experience. Mia's situation illustrates how recognition and understanding of a traumatic past led to a change in care and ultimately a positive birth experience. Click here to read Mia's story.
"Two weeks later, I went to the hospital. I was having sharp pains, I felt like I was going to pass out, my body ached. This petite doctor entered the room. 'How far along are you?' as she shoved her hand in me without even introducing herself. 20 weeks and 3 days I responded without a beat…'Oh pre-viable.' 'I don’t think you’re in labor, but your baby wouldn’t make it right now. Don’t worry if that happens, you can try again.' And for the first time since losing my Jackson, I worried for my girl. I prayed for my girl. I named my girl: Sydney."
Written narratives can give a patient a chance to tell her story and also act as a form of therapy. By reading and understanding Faith's experience, both patients and providers alike stand to learn the challenges facing obstetric patients and potential solutions to prevent these types of situations from happening to others. Click here to read more about Faith's experience.