I found Solace For Mothers only a few months ago. Having had a traumatic birth, I couldn't believe it had been almost four years before I found this amazing resource.
Solace is a place for mothers to discuss their traumatic birth, and everything that comes with it in a safe environment. For most women that have been through a traumatic birth, it is hard to talk about what happened for fear you will be told that you are making things up, or that you should just be happy your baby is healthy. So instead, you keep it all in, and each day it eats at you a little bit more.
The trauma from birth can have more effects than just the physical. There are emotional and psychological effects that are longer lasting than the physical and get pushed under the rug because they aren't on the surface for people to see. My grandma once told me that she still has some issues from the birth of her fourth baby, and that was over 45 years ago.
The support from this community is invaluable, and speaking in a safe place can help you feel even a little bit in control.
Solace For Mothers is looking for mothers willing to share their stories to be published in book form. One of the hardest parts about birth trauma is that most feel alone and don't think anyone else has ever been through this. This book can be one of the ways to help women feel like others understand how they feel.
If you have been through a traumatic birth, please consider submitting your story. The format for the story, and the phone number to talk to a counselor if you are having trouble writing your story, can be found HERE.
The awareness for traumatic birth needs to be raised, women need to realize they aren't alone. If your story can help that, truly consider submitting.