Recently I was contacted by someone who doesn't believe Postpartum PTSD is real. I suppose it's just like how some people think PTSD only affects those who have been in a war environment. Not true. There are so many different situations where one can feel that one's life is at risk or the life of someone close to them is at risk. If, after the trauma (hint hint - that would be the T in pTsd) is over, the individual relives the event, has a hard time sleeping, has nightmares, panic attacks, flash backs, avoiding people or places, trouble concentrating... all listed as symptoms of PTSD plus LOTS more, an individual MAY have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Now, I understand how some people may question Postpartum PTSD. Mostly due to how society views birth. Its a wonderful beautiful medical time. I throw in the medical because of those who believe birth is only for hospitals and doctors. But for the most part people view bringing a new family member into the world as a magical event - not something terrorizing or that could bring on any real trauma.
But define trauma and you have the 1-6% of mom's who experience Postpartum PTSD. Trauma: