Birth Trauma Services

Did you experience a traumatic birth?
Or perhaps you had a difficult time during your pregnancy or after the birth of your baby?

Do you suffer with recurring unwanted thoughts about this event/time in your life?
Do these thoughts and images seem to be on a constant replay in your mind?
Perhaps your sleep is affected, nightmares, flashbacks?
Are you suffering with hypervigilance, always being in a state of high alert, anxiety and are keen to avoid any reminders of the event?
Do well meaning friends and family encourage you to “move on” and “get over it”?
Perhaps you really wish you could, but feel out of control with your thoughts and believe that nobody really understands you?

If you are still experiencing difficult emotions more than 3 months after the event, you may benefit from the 3 Step Rewind Technique.

It may surprise you to hear that it is estimated that 30% of all women suffer from birth trauma!

What is the 3 Step Rewind Technique?

A very gentle process made up of three stages –

  • Deep relaxation
  • Recalling the event in a specific way
  • Imagining coping in the future and responding differently to memories

The process takes place over three sessions (each session lasts 60-90 mins)

  • Session 1 – you may choose to share your story with me, however it works just as well if you don’t. I will ask you to score how difficult your emotions are. I will ask you what changes you would like to experience once your symptoms have lifted. I will then guide you in a gentle relaxation.
  • Session 2 – I will guide you through the same relaxation process and whilst deeply relaxed you will observe your difficult experience as if through a TV screen. You will then rewind this memory and start again. You will do this three times, all within a deeply relaxed state. I will check that you are comfortable throughout the process and you can stop at any time. This process repatterns the brain to “unhook” those difficult emotions attached to the memory.
  • Session 3 – I will check in with you and ask how you are feeling now. Most people will at this stage have already experienced significant relief. I will ask you to rescore your emotions and if necessary, we can repeat session 2.

We cannot change the past and what you experienced, but we can change the future through reframing and improving your emotional wellbeing.

Birth Debriefs – a word of caution!

Birth debriefs are often offered by hospitals and other health care professionals. However, every time you retell your experience you are strengthening the links in your brain which leads to retraumatising!

Some people will find it useful to go over the event to understand what happened and make sense of the experience.

However, a debrief with nothing else will cause even more trauma symptoms.

I can offer you a professional “debrief”, but I would strongly advise that we follow it up with the rewind technique if you are experiencing difficult emotions.

Cost

£150 for the 3 Step Rewind sessions

£50 for a birth debrief session

These sessions may be held in your home, my home in Ilkley, or remotely via zoom.

Testimonials

I can’t recommend the rewind process enough and Amanda’s gentle presence. After 2 years of being plagued by horrible memories, I now feel there is a brighter future.

I’m so pleased I found you and went through the rewind process. I can’t tell you what a huge difference it has made to the way I feel now about my birth. Thank you so much Amanda.

I really didn’t know what to expect but I can honestly say that I feel like a different woman! To anyone thinking about doing the sessions, you won’t regret it, it’s been the best thing I’ve done in a long time.