Ruth suffered PTSD after the birth of her daughter.
"My baby was diagnosed with an incurable disease at my 20-week scan, and I was constantly pressured to have a termination. Then when my waters broke, all hell broke loose.
"My birth plan was ignored, I was scheduled for a C-section without my consent – the first I heard of it was when the registrar came to get me for the operation. After a lot of back and forth between the medical team and myself (which was all incredibly stressful, and included having a vaginal examination under duress), I finally consented to a C-section – I just wanted to get out of that place! No one spoke to me or my husband during the operation. When the baby was born, she wasn't breathing.
"Fast-forward three months, we were home after spending time in SCBU [a special care baby unit] and at Great Ormond Street. I was broken physically, mentally, and emotionally. I couldn't sleep. I had flashbacks all the time, especially at night. I didn't know how to deal with it or process everything that had happened in the past nine months.
"I decided to go for counselling, and had two sessions, which really helped: Someone was finally listening to me and validating my feelings and experience. Unfortunately little one passed away a month later, and I never went back…
"I have not had any flashbacks in over four years, and this year was the first time I didn't cry or walk around in sadness on her birthday."