for Mothers Online Community for Women Who Have Experienced Birth
and welcome to the Solace for Mothers Online Community for
Healing Birth Trauma for women who have experienced birth
trauma. The creators of our discussion board would like you to know
that you are not alone. Other women have felt traumatized, deeply
disappointed, or even violated by their birth experiences. Birth trauma
is very real. We are here to offer you an online meeting place to
share and connect with other women who have had similar experiences,
and a place for you to begin your healing journey.
trauma comes in many forms: a cesarean birth, a vaginal birth, a medically-complicated
birth, or a very straightforward birth. Birth trauma can happen to
a mother who has a healthy baby, a sick baby, or sadly, a mother whose
baby died. Some women have moved past childhood abuse, only to have
symptoms appear again following childbirth. Some women feel that they
were manipulated into care choices that they now regret. Some women
feel mistreated by their providers. Some women have even used the
word "rape" to describe their births. Whatever the circumstances
of your experience, you are welcome here to post in our forum.
is our hope that women will eventually find some healing and be able
to move forward from their trauma. Healing can be a very challenging
road, so we include some resources for this process within the discussion
board. This board also recognizes and allows for the entire range
of emotions that accompany the healing process for birth trauma. Women
may be feeling very different emotions at different times - or all
at the same time!—and we encourage everyone who uses this board
to be encouraging, helpful and to accept other people where they are.
We will keep this space safe by being supportive without judgment.
discussion board is a private board. You will need to register in
order to read comments left here. We hope that this measure reassures
you that we understand that these issues are very personal and private,
and we will take every measure to keep your posts private. Please
consider this extra step to be your first step in healing. Feel free
to register and then just read, if that is all you wish to do at this
be aware that the information contained in this discussion board could
possibly be triggering to some women. For example, some women will
not be able to read any birth stories for quite some time, and others
will want to read every single post. Every woman is individual in
this regard and you must protect yourself by only reading what you
are sure you can handle at this time.
welcome you and value you in our on-line community.
Jenne Alderks and Jennifer Zimmerman, creators and moderators of the
supported by Sharon Storton and the Solace for Mothers team
Enter Our Community