September is Urology awareness month, hosted by the Urology Foundation to raise awareness and money for training and research into different urological conditions. They also want to break down the stigma that surrounds these conditions. It’s estimated that 1 in 2 of us will be affected by a urological condition in our lifetime. this years theme is incontinence, a common but debilitating condition that affects so many yet is rarely spoken openly about.
Birth trauma is distress experienced by a mother during or after childbirth. Birth trauma often combines physical birth injury with emotional and psychological trauma. Birth trauma can be a form of PTSD but is often used as a blanket term to describe any feeling of feelings experienced after birth.
Birth trauma can mean upsetting flashbacks or nightmares, hyperarousal which means you are in a constant state of anxiety and high alert which can materialize as watching your baby constantly to make sure they’re breathing or not letting others hold your baby through fear they will hurt them or make them sick. Avoidance of anything that reminds you of birth or pregnancy is also common with birth trauma, like TV programmes or hospital visits.
Sometimes I laugh so hard the tears run down my leg
Today marks World Health Day which has been celebrated every year since 1950. The World Health Organisation are the hosts and sponsors of this yearly event which aims to bring awareness to global health issues. Here at Secret Whispers, we want to bring awareness to a health issue that’s close to our and many others hearts, urinary incontinence.