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Birth Injuries Suffered by the Mother

When the phrase ‘birth trauma’ is mentioned, many people may assume that it refers to a physical injury suffered by the child. However, the definition of trauma is much broader than many people imagine and affects mothers as frequently as it does their children.

Mother and child following birth

Helpful Information

A birth injury to the mother may not necessarily be a physical injury. It could be that the healthcare provider involved in the birth of the child failed to make the mother feel safe or supported, directly causing the onset of PTSD.

If you are a mother who has experienced a traumatic childbirth, and you have questions about whether or not you might be eligible to bring a compensation claim against the care provider, please see our main birth injury page. Alternatively, get in touch with our expert medical negligence solicitors for further advice.

Useful Resources

If you have experienced complications during or after your pregnancy, there are numerous resources available that you may find useful. We have compiled a list of some of the most helpful links below.

AIMS Ireland

The Association for Improvements in Maternity Services (AIMS) Ireland is a registered charity offering independent, confidential, non-judgmental support and information on maternity choices and care to women and their families. The organisation provides assistance to women who have complaints following a difficult or traumatic birth.

If you have had a difficult experience before or after the birth of your child, you many find their page on birth trauma particularly useful: http://aimsireland.ie/birth-trauma/.

Nurture Health

Nurture Health provides professional and affordable counselling services specifically for women who have experienced difficulties surrounding conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and related issues. Their services include one-to-one counselling, support groups, training programmes (including support on returning to work) and wellness empowerment days.

PTSD is common among mothers who have experienced a traumatic pregnancy or childbirth. Their PTSD information page may be of use if you think you may have the symptoms of this disorder:

Birth Trauma Awareness Week

Usually held in July, Birth Trauma Awareness Week provides a space for women to share their stories and experiences. Read more about it on Her: https://www.her.ie/health/felt-alone-heres-women-sharing-traumatic-birth-stories-week-472098.

Birth Injuries Experienced by the Mother

If you are the mother of a child who experienced negligent treatment during pregnancy, childbirth or postnatal care, get in contact with our medical negligence solicitors today for advice on bringing a claim. Call us on 1800 390 555 and an experienced member of staff will discuss your situation and potential next steps. You can also email on info@mccarthy.ie and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

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