I am a maternal health writer, advocate and speaker specializing in mental and physical trauma
After the birth of my first daughter in 2010, I suffered a postpartum hemorrhage and almost died. I underwent a life-saving surgery and was later diagnosed with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). One year later, I had a miscarriage in a yogurt shop in front of several people. I realized that there were very few resources for women who had similar birth and pregnancy complications.I began to write about my birth experience two years ago. Along with providing resources for other women, I share an intimate and candid look at what my life has been life since giving birth to my first child four years ago on my blog www.timoriamcqueen.com
Christy Turlington Burns, model and founder of Every Mother Counts, came across a tweet of mine two years ago and asked me to share my story on her website. She also suffered a postpartum hemorrhage during the birth of her first child. Since then, I have written for several websites, including the Huffington Post.
My goal in sharing my story is to give a voice to women who have suffered a birth trauma and also suffered a mental health issue because of it. I also seek to encourage women to become more educated about medical procedures and their options. Because of what we went through in April of 2010, my husband and I went about preparing for baby #2 much differently. Gone were the concerns over things like the perfect baby monitor, best pacifiers and baby bottles. We spent our time researching how to prepare for the birth of our next child, including devising a birth plan that would detail at every step what we wanted to have happen in the event of another emergency. We have become familar with the names of drugs, devices and procedures and at this point are honorary doctors at our OB's office;-)