Birth traumas in mums and babies: how to recover
safely with postnatal osteopathy
Physically one of the most challenging moments in life, childbirth happens to be
‘traumatic’ for 1 every 3 women. Whether delivery was difficult (even the slightest)
and/or c-section was necessary, it is common to end up with what we call birth
traumas. Mothers and babies can experience physical and psychological consequences
from childbirth, from big or small injuries to postnatal Baby Blues or even depression.
This is why it is important to question yourself on whether your delivery has been
traumatic and get help from osteopathy to release physical and emotional traumas.
Childbirth: how to recognise a traumatic delivery?
In most cases, traumatic delivery will be highly recognisable. Every issue, big or small, happening during delivery can lead to birth traumas.
A traumatic birth can then include:
A very fast or very long delivery
Giving birth to a big and heavy baby
The use of obstetrical tools
The use of force in order to pull the baby out if a vital danger occurred
What can result from a traumatic birth?
Birth traumas on women can be various and on different levels. Obviously different depending on each person and situation, some injuries can appear quite common (but not limited to):
Musculoskeletal pain and aches
Post c-section scar
Post c-section fibrosis
Whether you’re experiencing physical pain or emotional tension, post-traumatic birth
injuries will automatically lead to an unbalanced body. This is why it is important to work on its whole structure as well as taking care of every trauma you’re going through.
How can I know if my baby is suffering from birth traumas too?
Regarding babies, in most cases traumatic deliveries will bring tension, making them show their irritability by crying excessively and pulling themselves backwards. But that’s not it – birth traumas can as well lead to neurological conditions, such as developmental delays, cerebral palsies, neuromotor disorders…
An imbalanced body can as well result from a difficult birth and bring sleeping or feeding/digestive issues, difficulties to bond with the mother or, most commonly, musculoskeletal injuries: torticollis, flat head, arm injury or palsy, lack of control
towards the head…
Postnatal osteopathy: your new ally
First of all, and even if you’ve had the most natural and unproblematic delivery, it is always highly advised to request at least one osteopathic assessment after giving birth, for yourself but also for your baby, so they can start their life in the best and most balanced way possible. This check-up will give you and the osteopath the opportunity to determine if you or your baby are experiencing any trauma you might have not noticed and, if you did have a difficult delivery, to diagnose the nature of the problems caused by childbirth.
With gentle techniques, osteopathy can reduce your pain and feeling of tension and rebalance your whole body and mind. Specifically tailored to your needs, the type of delivery you experienced and your medical background, you’ll be given a personal treatment program in order to bring harmony back into your body and release any
stress or physical discomfort you might be having.
Cranial osteopathy in babies is usually really helpful in birth traumas treatments and will release any tensions felt, rebalance baby’s body and mind and prevent injuries to turn into long-lasting consequences.
Any enquiry, contact Mummy’s Physio and Baby Physio on 0207 125 0262 or at