Bitter Sweet Birthdays and Birth Trauma
Birthdays are usually full of joy and celebration. Sometimes Birthing day anniversaries can be difficult too. If the parents experienced birth trauma it can be a day full of mixed emotions.
What better way to get through a tough, triggering birthing day then be in the EXACT same OR room, with the same anesthesiologist followed up by the same nurse you had during your traumatic experience.
As a doula I was ecstatic to support an incredibly strong women become a mother. There was no better way I could think of sending the day then being there for this amazing couple. I found being there for them helped me during a day that could have been extremely hard.
Having to be there for them and make sure their experience was better then mine, that they were informed and supported in a way I wasn't made the whole experience heartwarming.
As a birth trauma survivor I felt blessed to have this experience. I faced my trauma head on and came through feeling blessed and grateful to be doing this on the exact day a year later. I had a purpose and could use my traumatic experience to help others. Of course I was triggered by things and had to work through some hard stuff, but overall it was a healing experience.
Why am I writing this short and sweet blog post? To bring awareness to how anniversaries of experiences can be bitter sweet. Birthdays are joyous, but also can be hard! Make sure you have support, and more so make yourself available to support people in your life during these tough days