Serious Injuries During Birth Could Impact Mother’s Relationships, Study Finds

Whether you give birth without pain relief, in a pool, by C-section or with the pain management offered to you at the hospital, no two births are the same. Drawing up a plan before the big day can be a really useful way to bring yourself around to the idea of going through labor. However, that doesn’t always mean that things will go exactly as you wanted on paper. And a new study has highlighted that some people who suffer severe injuries during labor say that their relationship with their child is impacted.

The MASIC Foundation, an organization that supports women who have suffered serious injuries during childbirth, spoke to 325 people who said that they had experienced severe perineal trauma when they gave birth. The findings, which were published on HuffPost, add to the growing evidence that traumatic births can leave mothers with serious post-traumatic stress and can affect their relationships down the line.

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Looking for support?

There is support available if you need it, don’t suffer in silence and don’t be afraid to ask for help and advice.

MASIC can help you over come the physical and emotional trauma you may have experienced during and after child birth. We can support you and guide you to helpful resources, all you need to do is get in touch.

Not sure where to start?

Please call the MASIC 24h freephone Birth Injury Support Helpline 0808 1640 8333

The stats speak for themselves.
More women are affected and need support…


of women with severe birth injury said it impacted on their relationship with their child


were affected by traumatic memories of the birth


stated they were embarrassed by the symptoms of their injury


of women affected said they doubted their ability to mother


suffered postnatal depression as a result of their injury


of women affected regretted having a child because of the injuries sustained