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The Misdiagnosis of PTSD in Preemie Parents

Nightmares. Jitteriness. Feeling jumpy. Heart palpitations. Avoiding places that remind you of “that awful time.” What does that sound like? Without any context, to most, that list sounds like symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is something many women who had traumatic pregnancies, deliveries or babies in the NICU are frequently diagnosed with. Despite […]

Birth Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

It’s been three years since my son, Jaxson, was born more than four months early and I still relive the experience, scene for scene, when I see or hear a helicopter.

I am there. I feel the rumble of the helicopter blades. I smell the humid July air. I taste the fear in my throat when they tell me there is a chance I will deliver my baby while in flight to the hospital. I feel my blood turn to liquid lava the second the magnesium hits my bloodstream.

These flashbacks leave me gasping for air and disoriented. [Read more]

{Book Review} “Before the World Intruded” by Michele Rosenthal

In the book, Before the World Intruded, the reader is taken through a medical trauma author Michele Rosenthal survived when she was thirteen years old.  She describes feeling like a zebra, an anomaly, an isolated mystery case that no one seemed to understand or be able to cure.  She details the twenty-four years she then […]