Birth trauma is unfortunately experienced by a growing number of women. During pregnancy women ponder the birth of their baby. Their hopes and dreams may vary widely. Some may dream of an idyllic home birth, others are planning for a calm and positive birth centre or hospital birth. Yet others may be pondering an elective caesarean. But while women may stand divided in planning their births, sadly some will stand united in the aftermath of a traumatic birth.
A traumatic birth, no matter how it comes about or what occurs, is the death of a dream. The dream of the birth we hoped and planned for and all we believed would come with it. This section seeks to validate the sense of anger, sadness and loss that can accompany a traumatic birth through the words of those who have experienced it, and those who try to prevent it.