My experience with Birth Reflections counselling

My experience with Birth Reflections counselling

My experience giving birth seemed to fly by in a blur of hyper-emotion, dull physical pain and still-scenes from my hospital bed playing back in my mind. Looking back on it afterward, I had questions, so I attended Birth Reflections counselling to try and fill in the blanks. Please note this is my personal experience and the info given on the practicalities of the counselling was correct when I...

Post-natal PTSD… and me

Post-natal PTSD… and me

For me, the initials 'PTSD' conjure up mental images of injured servicemen and older people who have been through vastly traumatic historical experiences needing help to work through them mentally at a later date. I'm neither of those things, so somehow I'd never expected to be diagnosed with it myself. Yet, here we are, and I've just finished my first (and hey, hopefully only, right?) course of...

“Oh, that’s not my waters. It’ll just be wee.”

“Oh, that’s not my waters. It’ll just be wee.”

 I don’t know why, given the unusual circumstances around my pregnancy, I had assumed that giving birth to my baby would be straight-forward. My life just doesn’t seem to work like that. Thankfully, I can report back now that I found giving birth the most empowering and important experience of my life, and I still carry a huge sense of achievement for having managed it. It wasn’t as...