Social support aside it isnt hard to imagine how hospitalization might increase the likelihood of childbirth trauma some perhaps most people find hospital environments uncomfortable or stressful and many advocates argue that post traumatic stress is uncommon for people giving birth at home. Childbirth related posttraumatic stress disorder specialty ob gyn psychiatry childbirth related posttraumatic stress disorder is a psychological disorder that can develop in women who have recently given birth its symptoms are not distinct from posttraumatic stress disorder ptsd. Birth trauma is a general term used to describe any cuts fractures or other injuries sustained by a newborn baby during labor or delivery birth trauma is more common in developing nations in africa asia and latin america but at least 2 of live births in the us are adversely affected by physical injuries not related to any congenital . The birth trauma association bta supports all women who have had a traumatic birth experience it is estimated that in the uk alone this may result in 10000 women a year developing post traumatic stress disorder ptsd. By penny simkin pt pattch founder between 25 and 34 per cent of women report that their births were traumatic1 7 a birth is said to be traumatic when the individual mother father or other witness 8 believes the mothers or her babys life was in danger or that a serious threat to the mothers or her babys physical or emotional integrity existed
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