n. a stress disorder experienced by the mother as a result of the physical and emotional trauma of giving birth. Also, the physical and psychological shock of being born as experienced by the baby, right from the first stimuli of separating from the mother's womb. Viewed as the child's first experience in anxiety as described by Sigmund Freud.

BIRTH TRAUMA: "In relation to stress and anxiety, birth trauma is a temporary yet stressful condition experienced by both mother and child."
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