I didn’t suffer birth trauma because I was……..

uninformed
lacking in knowledge or information

Because I didn’t have………….

soft music
candles
dim lights

Or because I didn’t………

pray
meditate
use affirmations
be active
read enough, plan enough

Nor because I needed……

medical interventions
pain relief
to be in hospital

or because I was weak, or unprepared

I suffered birth trauma because……………

I was treated like a nuisance
not communicated with
told I was stupid and silly
berated for my choices
ignored
belittled
dismissed
bombarded with cruel words

Because I was…….

slapped
held down
lied to
sneered at
laughed at
neglected
abandoned

I suffered birth trauma because I was not treated like a human being, instead hurt physically and emotionally.

I suffered birth trauma because I was nearly taken from this world, from my family and my baby was nearly taken too. There was nothing to keep me safe emotionally, to care for me and ease me when death sought me to embrace.

Birth trauma was not my fault.

I didn’t suffer birth trauma because…..