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PTSD and Post Natal Depression Claims
Studies show that birth trauma contributing to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in mothers after childbirth is often confused with Postnatal Depression. Similar to PTSD in other life situations (caused by serious accidents and assault, for example), a difficult birth can scar mothers emotionally and cause trauma. It is now generally accepted that PTSD can be a result of birth trauma and is considered a birth injury.
Call JMW’s experienced solicitors to speak to an understanding and sympathetic solicitor about a potential post natal depression claim. Call free on 0800 054 6512, or leave us a call back request and we will be in touch.
Symptoms of birth trauma PTSD
Symptoms of delayed reactions to anything that threatened to seriously injure a mother or her baby; intense fear about giving birth again; flashbacks and nightmares; concentration problems; anxiety and difficulty sleeping.
For some women, the way their birth was handled by medical staff causes PTSD, which is as much a birth injury as any physical condition. A feeling of a loss of control, loss of dignity and birthing requests being ignored (like requests for pain relief) are often referred to.
Premature babies, fears about a baby's ability to survive (especially if they are in intensive care) and poor monitoring while in intensive care are common concerns associated with PTSD. Partners of women who suffer from PTSD are usually affected and are particularly distressed when watching what their wives are experiencing.
Post natal depression and PTSD
PTSD is often confused with Postnatal Depression or Postnatal Illness, but it is not the same thing. Postnatal Depression (PND) is a depressive illness occurring after a woman has given birth. It ranges in severity from 'baby blues' to postnatal psychosis and is found in one out of every seven mothers. Read more about PND at www.pni.org.uk
Symptoms of PND include feeling sad and tearful; anhedonia (an inability to feel joy); irritability; anxiety attacks and occasionally suicidal thoughts. Many women are given anti-depressants for PTSD by doctors who have incorrectly diagnosed them with PND, and end up having additional side-effects like lethargy or not being able to respond properly to their babies.
Mothers are advised by practitioners to evaluate their emotions themselves when trying to process feelings after a difficult birth and to consider alternative treatments like counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). For more information about birth trauma visit www.birthtraumaassociation.org.uk
Making a compensation claim
Many mothers suffering from PTSD as the result of medical negligence do not know that they are entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim.
If PSTD is suffered through birth trauma as a result of the attending obstetrician having not carried out practices with due diligence and care or any other medical negligence, you may be eligible to make a claim.
Our team are experts in personal injury cases and will listen with understanding to your concerns. Call us now on 0800 054 6512 and we will talk you through the claims process in plain English, without using legal jargon.