Mental Health

Experiencing a tear during childbirth can have a profound impact on your emotions and mental well-being. It is a traumatic event and disregarding your experiences and concerns will not benefit you. It is important to acknowledge and address your feelings. Although it may feel embarrassing to discuss the affected area with friends, relatives, or your partner, opening up about your journey can bring tremendous relief. You are not alone in this experience, as countless women worldwide understand what you are going through and would welcome the opportunity to connect. Please join us for our free support groups.

It is common to feel isolated during this time, as the focus often shifts to the joy of having a new baby, leaving behind the pain and emotional distress caused by a difficult tear. However, maintaining the joy of motherhood involves seeking help when needed and prioritizing your mental health as much as your physical well-being. Many women have found professional mental health support to be beneficial, particularly therapies that address trauma, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). If you are struggling, it is important to reach out to a mental health professional for assistance. Please see our provider resource section or online mental health resources to connect with mental health providers that specialize in child birth trauma. Postpartum Support International will let you search for providers who specialize in perinatal mental health


The percentage of women who sustained OASIS experienced postpartum depression secondary to their injury.



The percentage of overall postpartum deaths secondary to suicide.



The percentage of women who suffered from traumatic memories of their birth experiences.



The percentage of women with a 3rd or 4th degree tear who struggled to bond with their child.