"THOUSANDS of mothers in Scotland suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder every year after giving birth, according to experts.
Doctors believe that, like soldiers returning from war, women can suffer lasting psychological damage due to their experience.
Colin Howard, executive director of Manor Hall, Centre for Trauma in Stirling said that up to 6% of mothers in Scotland suffer from PTSD after giving birth, meaning almost 35000 women suffer from the debilitating disorder each year.
Experts say it can have a "disastrous" effect, with mothers suffering for years with traumatic flashbacks, and that it can damage their relationship with their child."
"One mother, who wished not to be named, said: "What was supposed to be one of the best experiences of my life, was the worst. Of course I love my daughter but it was all just too much.
I was in labour for over 24 hours and I had to have an episiotomy. While giving birth I ended up tearing and losing a lot of blood."
"Dr Alexander Yellowlees, medical director and consultant psychiatrist at the Priory in Glasgow said that he had treated a number of women who have suffered PTSD after giving birth.
Not many women talk about it, and I think that is why we do not hear about it. Like when soldiers came back from the war, they were just expected to get on with it, there is the same mentality here too."