Risk Factors for Trauma
  • You experienced childhood trauma

  • You have experienced chronic trauma or
    multiple traumas

  • You or a loved one has been diagnosed with
    a serious illness

  • You are a survivor of previous emotional,
    physical or sexual abuse

  • You have suffered a recent loss or series of
    losses

  • You are under heavy stress or experiencing
    chronic stress

  • You are humiliated or bullied (previous
    history and/or during the course of an event)

  • You are separated from your support system
    or person(s), either during the event &/or
    afterward

  • You are unable to actively defend yourself or
    your loved one(s) during the event

  • You have an emergency cesarean

  • You have previously experienced an
    abortion, miscarriage, or other pregnancy loss

  • Your pregnancy was difficult due to
    complications
You may be at increased risk for emotional trauma if:
  • You feel helpless, powerless during the event

  • You are not given informed consent and/or
    the opportunity to refuse medical procedures

  • You experience fear for yourself &/or others

  • You feel betrayed by your partner, caregiver,
    family member or friend, etc.

  • You experienced previous trauma that has
    not been addressed

  • The event or issue is unexpected

  • You feel unprepared for what is happening

  • Your expectations are unmet during a "peak
    experience" (uncommon, special event;
    something you may only experience once or a
    few times in your life)

  • You don't feel safe during the event

  • You don't feel heard or that your wishes
    matter during the event

  • You have a difficult or instrumental delivery
    (forceps, vacuum extractor)

  • Your baby is born prematurely, or stillborn

  • Your baby is admitted to NICU at birth or
    shortly thereafter
All possible risk factors are not listed here. This is due, in part, to the fact that we are still learning about
what factors may increase a person's risk of emotional trauma. Remember that, even in the absence of all
the factors listed here, the experience of trauma is
subjective. If a person feels the event was traumatic for
them... it was. They are in need of help and support from loved ones, and may also benefit from
professional assistance to heal from their experience.
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