Gemma & Miriam’s have specialist training designed to offer quick and effective relief from the hugely debilitating symptoms of perinatal trauma, traumatic grief and Tokophobia. During a session treatment will activate the natural ability of a person's brain to heal by using tools and techniques that help turn a trauma memory into an ordinary functioning memory and rebuild your life after the trauma.

Frequently asked questions

How many sessions will I need? 

Birth Trauma Scotland do not provide counselling but solution focused perinatal trauma therapy. Combining proven therapeutic techniques with an understanding of neuroscience  we offer a holistic and scientific treatment to heal trauma and grief safely and quickly so you can move on with your life.  Often as little as 1-4 treatments is all that is needed for full recovery. You do not need to have fully diagnosable PTSD to receive treatment but if any aspect of your pregnancy, birth or postnatal period needs closure we can help you.

What happens during a session?

- We will listen to your experience in a sympathetic and non judgemental way

- Formulate a treatment plan

-Teach you simple breathing techniques to help you relax and reduce symptoms of anxiety straight away and for daily use

-Offer a totally unique and personalised guided visualisation and relaxation download to  listen to after the session

-Dissolve the strong negative emotions attached to the memory so that you can remember what happened without feelings of anxiety or panic

-If once we have dealt with your birth trauma, other previous traumas surface we are able to release these too

-Help you rebuild confidence & wellbeing after the trauma

-Help you rebuild your relationships and get your life back on track, symptom free

-We use a number of techniques tailored to the needs of each individual including the  REWIND technique, Birth Trauma Resolution (BTR), Thought Field Therapy,  Neuro Linguistic Programming, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mindfulness, guided visualisation and applied Human Givens techniques.

Do you treat fathers, birth companions and staff?

Yes. We are trained to work with mothers, fathers and birth companions. We also offer treatment to health care practioners such as midwives, obstetricians and any healthcare professionals who may be suffering from vicarious trauma after witnessing or listening  to the horrors of a traumatic birth and experience.  

Can everyone receive treatment? 

It is contraindicated for anyone with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or psychosis to be treated for perinatal trauma using our methods. In addition we would need to discuss treatment with the clients General Practitioner for people suffering from bipolar disorder or epilepsy.

What if I am unsure if I have trauma?

Miriam and Gemma can assess for trauma & PTSD so please get in touch if you are unsure.

Will I receive midwifery advice as part of the treatment? 

No. Whilst we are qualified and practising midwives, we do not offer any midwifery advice or care as part of our service. Please refer to your midwife, obstetrician or health visitor if you have any clinical concerns about yourself or your baby.

How much does a session cost?

the first treatment lasts 90 minutes and costs £90. Thereafter sessions are charged at £60 per hour.

What if I can not afford this treatment?

We offer a low income clinic for those on income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance or Incapacity Benefit. Proof of eligibility will be requested and a waiting list may apply. The charge for this clinic is only £30 for the first session and £20 per hour thereafter. 

Where do the sessions take place?

Miriam and Gemma practise at different venues across Edinburgh and Lothian. Please contact us so we can find a date and venue between us that suits you best. Due to potential connectivity issues it is not safe to receive this treatments via Skype.

What is the cancellation policy?

Please note that once an appointment has been confirmed, we request at least 48 hours advance notice for any cancellations. The full cost of the appointment will be charged for all missed appointments without notice, appointments will be charged at 50% with 24 hours notice and 25% with 48 hours notice. Whilst we would love to waive this fee we have a cancellation policy so we are able to continue to do the work we do however if the cancelled appointment is filled, a full refund minus admin costs will be offered. In special circumstances, requests for a refund will be considered on a case by case basis, subject to any venue or travel costs and after administrative costs. Evidence of these circumstances may be asked for and any refund is at the sole discretion of Birth Trauma Scotland.