Trauma and Perception of Pain in Labour

The following is a response to a recent email I received (with her consent). Based on the limited information provided I understood that this mother is pregnant with her 4th child, has a history of satisfied births and deliveries. However, during her third pregnancy she experienced an emotional trauma that impacted her early labor experience, resulting in increased pain with contractions. She reached out because she is noticing that she is a. reliving this emotional trauma and b. afraid of the onset of labor because of a perceived notion that it will be painful or perhaps, more painful. The questions were as follows: I'm looking for information on the connection between experiencing OTHER t

My name is Jennifer and I’m a Certified Canadian Counsellor with over 17 years of experience in maternal care. I bring my voice to the forefront of cutting-edge issues pertaining to motherhood and healing. My deep desire is to help women and mothers find peace in their hearts.


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Jennifer holds an MA in counselling psychology and is a Certified Canadian Counsellor with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of maternal health and psychology. Located in Canada, she uses her expertise and voice to help advance the dialogue on trauma-informed care, maternal mental health, and healing.


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