It’s true that the Covid-19 pandemic guidelines have led to a fair amount of confusion for both people and businesses due to the constant changing of rules and regulations. However, for pregnant women, since lockdown began back in March, the rules have ceased to bend.
The #butnotmaternity campaign led by Birth Bliss argues that we can currently visit a pub, go to the shops or a restaurant and see our family, friends and strangers but pregnant women are forced to attend scan appointments and give birth on their own without the support of a birth partner.
Every hospital care trust is operating slightly different rules with some hospitals now relaxing restrictions for birth partners but others are still remaining rigid. As baffling as the rules may be depending on your postcode, one thing is for certain, the #butnotmaternity campaign has led to an influx of women openly talking about their mental health.
A recent article in The Independent highlighted a study that revealed a staggering 9 in 10 pregnant women felt their maternity choices had changed due to the pandemic with women detailing their experiences of suffering significant birth trauma and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Another article detailed how one second time mum was anxious and frightened about giving birth again alone after experiencing a traumatic birth with her first child.
"Devastating Psychological Consequences"
BBC News recently listed a number of stories from women who had experienced miscarriage. They were told the news and had to go through their ordeal without a partner present resulting in devastating psychological consequences.
While it is so important and incredibly brave that more and more women are speaking out about their own experiences of mental health due to the current maternity restrictions, it is paramount that women are also helped and supported properly too. Whether this be for prenatal or postnatal anxiety, prenatal or postnatal depression, PTSD or birth trauma.
Counselling can help women cope with their mental health both before and after the birth of their child. Specialist rewind therapy is also a fantastic tool that can help overcome trauma.
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