Loss is something that we all experience and affects us all in different ways. Loss can be physical or symbolic, always resulting in a deprivation of some kind, we no longer have someone or something that we used to have.
The term trauma refers to an overwhelming level of stress created through particularly distressing, painful or difficult experiences. These experiences in most cases exceed our ability to manage, cope or integrate the emotions and feelings associated with the event or experience. Psychological trauma can occur on a one-off basis, repeat over a period of time or can be intermittent throughout life.
“Birth trauma is in the eye of the beholder”
It is clear that some women experience events during childbirth (as well as in pregnancy or immediately after birth) that would traumatise any normal person.