Her First Birthday And The Anniversary Of My Traumatic Experience. 

Your babies first birthday is suppose to be a special moment. The excitement of splashing out on presents and decorations. Having cake and a big number one balloon. Having family and friends round with music and party food.

I guess this is how it should be?

I dreaded this day. I laid awake weeks before wishing it wouldn’t happen and wished we could skip a day. I felt guilty as it’s her special day. People didn’t understand that this was a terrifying day for me. Remembering, hour by hour. Still trying to piece things together and fill in the gaps.

The flashbacks and the sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. The tight pains in your chest. No matter what you do, you remember that day. The day you wish didn’t happen, as it ruined your life.

I rember not sleeping well that night and waking up exhausted. I woke up to my husband bringing me a cuppa in bed. He gave me this box and in it was a letter and a rose, some bath stuff and chocolate. He gave me a photo album with pictures of her as a baby. There was some in there of me and her to. He said in the letter;

‘ This day will be known not only as her birthday but our strong day, the day you proved how strong you are. This album will only have pictures of you and her In, so you can make memories of the two of you together as you have little memory of her as a baby’

Safe to say I spent the next hour crying.

The time came to get her dressed as our relatives were going to arrive soon. The balloons and decorations were out. The food on the table and the cake all ready to go.

People arrived and I put a smile on my face. Not one person asked how I was. I think people need to remember that as much as we want the day to be about our baby and celebrate them turning one. If you have experienced a traumatic birth it’s an awful day as it’s a constant yearly reminder of the day you nearly died. I managed to hold it together. It was like I was sat there smiling and my head was elsewhere. By the time they left I was so tired, I had a cry and felt like I wanted to be alone. I needed an hour to myself.

I remember saying to my husband ‘ I did it she had a good day’ I made it through the day and made it about her which is what I wanted. To have one day which meant celebrating her life.

I went upstairs and had a hot bath. After we stuck a film on and ate lots of cake. It was a very hard day. Remember to give your self time, take a breather and relax at the end of the day. Support is key that’s what I’ve learnt without my husbands support I would be lost.

Remember to look after yourself and celebrate getting this far and remember it as your strong day.

The day you had to be strong.

Please share your experiences or any advice if you have any for new mums and dads. so they can be prepared.

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10 comments

    • Hey I agree, attending a detailed seminar before would be helpful. More info. From experiencing birth trauma I really think that more info is best I’d rather of known about intervention and birth trauma and what to do if your affected before. Rather than wondering what’s this? What is going on? X

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  1. Hi Kerry – thank you for sharing this very personal and honest account of what the first birthday can be like after a traumatic birth. Very much appreciate you putting this out there, so other mums know they are not alone. And I hope you are doing ok. If you are looking for further resources to support women who have their child’s birthday approaching, you might like our article “Coping with birthdays after a traumatic birth: why it’s hard and what helps”. It’s on our blog ‘Birth Trauma Truths”, and is an excerpt from our book “How to Heal a Bad Birth: making sense, making peace and moving on.”. The ‘Melissa’ in the article is me, sharing my own experience with birthdays after my child’s traumatic birth. https://birthtraumatruths.wordpress.com/2013/11/29/coping-with-birthdays-after-a-traumatic-birth-why-its-hard-and-what-helps/ Thanks again for raising awareness of Birth Trauma – it is so important. From Melissa at Birthtalk.org xx

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