Childbirth trauma for mothers in hospital settings is an escalating reality in American healthcare. References on childbirth-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) show gaps in detection and care. Using hermeneutic and heuristic methodologies, this thesis explores cultural and individual factors that lead to the traumatization of women and the medical failure to restore them to holistic well-being. Literature reviewed contrasts contemporary childbirth paradigms—technocratic, holistic, and humanistic—and their implications on systemic protocols and birth outcomes. Somatic and psychospiritual modalities to treat trauma are introduced. The author’s birth narrative and analysis illustrates the inner experience of trauma, while providing psychological insights using the Heroine’s Journey as a framework for liberating women from patriarchal victimization and facilitating individuation—the Jungian model of psychological development. Clinical applications are offered that aim to be protective for would-be mothers and restorative for women suffering from childbirth trauma—providing healing on mental, emotional, and spiritual levels.
|Commitee:||Elliot, Jemma, Steffora, Thomas|
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 57/05M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Obstetrics, Counseling Psychology|
|Keywords:||Birth, Childbirth trauma, Holistic healing, Maternal care, PTSD, Postpartum|
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