Think that PTSD from birth can only happen to people who physically birth a baby? Science says otherwise.
While this is commonly a diagnosis reserved for those coming back from war, seeing the person you love quite literally being ripped or cut open to give birth to a small human has the potential to be traumatic.
In this article from She Knows, male partners recount the gruesome and terrifying acts associated with the woman they love giving birth.
As a society, we commonly brush off the emotions of partners, as they are not the ones giving birth, don’t have post-baby bodies, and don’t suffer from postpartum depression directly related to childbirth. However, the suffering of flashbacks, insomnia, and other symptoms are incredibly real and are often met with phrases like “man up.”
We need to work to de-stigmatize this. The person giving birth is only one part of the equation, and the importance of the mental and emotional health should be emphasized with all parents.