Addressing birth trauma in second pregnancy
I’m newly pregnant with my second child and am curious if any mothers out there have tips for addressing birth trauma during a second pregnancy.
I gave birth to my first daughter 4 years ago and labor & delivery did not go very smoothly for us. I think I recovered fairly well from it in the months after birth and I haven’t noticed any long term effects. However now that I’m pregnant again, I am finding myself digging up those memories and becoming more and more anxious about the birth itself. I can only assume this anxiety will keep growing as my due date approaches and would like to address it early so that I can go into this next birth feeling calm and confident.
Would love to hear from any moms who have dealt with this and what helped you:
- Are there therapists that specialize in this area?
- What about doulas? (I interviewed a few doulas during my first pregnancy but ultimately didn’t click with anyone. Would be open to working with one if I found the right fit.)
- Are there techniques like hypnobirthing that might be helpful?
- Books or other resources I may not be thinking of?
Thanks in advance.