When Survivors Give Birth

I was very pleased to contribute to this Daily Camera article by Aimee Heckel about pregnancy and sexual abuse. I feel gratitude for Heckel’s courage to explore this topic, and for including me in the project!

When survivors give birth
By Aimee Heckel Camera Staff Writer
Posted: 10/18/2011 09:23:46 AM MDT

Ashley thought she had dealt with this. So why did her heart start racing and her muscles tighten up when she watched a video of a baby being born?

Her new baby had nothing to do with what happened to her when she was a small child, she thought. Yet, surprisingly and on a level that she couldn’t reason with, the idea of childbirth awoke all of these old feelings: lying on a bed screaming, vulnerable and not fully in control, surrounded by people who were supposed to take care of her.

Ashley realized this experience was going to be a turning point for her. Either childbirth was going to finally heal her old scars, or it was going to retraumatize her.

She chose healing. continue reading… 

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Rachael Uris, MA, LPC is the owner of Atacama Counseling, LLC, offering sex therapy as well as individual and couple's counseling for issues surrounding sexuality, love, and pregnancy. All services are located in downtown Boulder, Colorado, and are provided in English and Spanish.
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