I had two great births, so I know how positive the experience can be. But I also know I was lucky. In my work as a therapist, I’ve heard plenty of women tell terrifying stories. For some, it was a complete nightmare. Others mostly coped with the experience but still feel disappointed.
Unfortunately, having a bad birth is common. Some research shows that as many as one in three new moms describe their births as traumatic. And anywhere from 2 to 9 percent of women meet the diagnostic criteria for post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth.
The thing is, even if you’ve had a bad birth before, it doesn’t mean you will again. There’s a lot you can do to stack the deck in your favor to have an amazing birth.