In the weeks after her birth, Catherine’s mother was worried she might never be able to return to the same kind of work that Catherine loved.
Catherine was always so curious, she wanted to go and see what the world looked like, Catherine says.
She loved to travel.
Her mother tried to convince her that if she continued to work, she might be able.
She worried she’d be unable to do her job and lose her home, she says.
“I thought it was all our fault, because my mom’s not a doctor, so I thought that if we weren’t working, she’d die,” Catherine says, describing her mother’s reaction to her daughter’s birth.
She says her mother, who had no previous experience caring for a child, was in the middle of a conversation when her daughter came out.
“And I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh, what is this?
What is this?'”
Catherine says she didn’t realize the birth had caused such pain.
Catherine is not alone.
Nearly 40 percent of U.S. women say they experienced a birth trauma during their pregnancies, according to a recent study.
It’s unclear whether birth trauma is a cause or a consequence of birth trauma, but experts say it’s still a serious condition.
Many mothers have been hurt, traumatized, and have lost their jobs because of birth traumas.
It is important to understand that birth trauma has a variety of causes, and it is also important to recognize that all women have experienced birth trauma at some point.
“The more that you talk to women about this, the more you’ll see that it’s not always a cause of pain or even a symptom,” says Dr. Susan Tannenbaum, the associate dean of clinical pediatrics at Emory University.
Tannensbaum works with a team at Emrys Hospital in Atlanta that studies birth trauma and says she’s seen more than 500 women with birth trauma in her practice.
“We see so many women that have trauma as a consequence, and some women that are just in pain, and then they have pain from the trauma,” she says, adding that her team has found that women who experience birth trauma are often more likely to experience symptoms after their births.
One study from Emrys found that more than half of women with trauma in the past year had symptoms related to their birth.
The findings were published last year in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology.
For most women, trauma and birth trauma have been associated with similar symptoms, but the cause remains unclear.
The cause of trauma can include a combination of a congenital condition or a genetic predisposition to trauma.
Other factors include a trauma-related birth trauma or a mother’s pregnancy-related trauma, and the mother’s birth trauma can lead to birth-related conditions, such as anxiety or depression.
Birth trauma also can lead mothers to think that their pain is caused by something else, says Tannsbaum.
She stresses that, while there are some women who have been traumatized due to their pregnancies and are unable to leave the home, they’re not alone in experiencing birth trauma.
“These women are very likely to be able [to] come out of the birthing process with the same feelings, the same reactions,” she explains.
“They’re not going to be as distressed by it.”
Some women, like Catherine, who experienced birth and postnatal trauma before the baby was born, don’t have any postpartum symptoms.
“She was just like, I’m not the one that had to do that to her, it’s just me,” Catherine recalls.
Catherine and her mother have been through so much in the years since her birth.
They’ve lost jobs, their homes, their jobs, and their jobs.
She is also now single.
She lives with her mother in Atlanta and tries to be an active mom.
She loves her work and wants to do it again.
“As long as I can, I want to do everything I can to get back to the work that I loved before my son was born,” Catherine said.
The first time Catherine and the baby left the hospital, she was overcome with emotion.
Catherine said she cried for hours, and even asked the nurses to take her out of there.
Catherine says it was the worst feeling in her life.
“For the first few days, I was really scared,” she recalls.
“But I kept saying to myself, it won’t be that bad.
It won’t get worse.
The only thing that would be really bad is if I didn’t get home.
So I’m like, ok, this is a new baby.”
Catherine says that even though she’s been through trauma, she still loves working, and she plans to continue her career as a nurse.
“It’s so hard to say goodbye to my job, but I want it to be something I want,” she