Birth trauma bt refers to damage of the tissues and organs of a newly delivered child often as a result of physical pressure or trauma during childbirththe term also encompasses the long term consequences often of a cognitive nature of damage to the brain or cranium medical study of birth trauma dates to the 16th century and the morphological consequences of mishandled delivery are . Social support aside it isnt hard to imagine how hospitalization might increase the likelihood of childbirth trauma some perhaps most people find hospital environments uncomfortable or stressful and many advocates argue that post traumatic stress is uncommon for people giving birth at home. Trauma complicates one in 12 pregnancies and is the leading nonobstetric cause of death among pregnant women the most common traumatic injuries are motor vehicle crashes assaults falls and . Birth trauma is a general term used to describe any cuts fractures or other injuries sustained by a newborn baby during labor or delivery birth trauma is more common in developing nations in africa asia and latin america but at least 2 of live births in the us are adversely affected by physical injuries not related to any congenital . The birth trauma association bta supports all women who have had a traumatic birth experience it is estimated that in the uk alone this may result in 10000 women a year developing post traumatic stress disorder ptsd
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