For years the effects of a traumatic birth for women and their children have been the subject of much investigation. Years ago men where never I the delivery room but the recent trend to experience birth as a family can have an effect on father as well.
PTSD was initially a diagnosis reserved for the military, and emergency services but in recent years has been diagnosed in a variety of traumatic events. It perhaps was only a matter of time before the diagnosis was found to applied to fathers and their experiences in the delivery room.
Its not an issue of compensation, as unless the delivery was found to be negligently handled none would be payable. It is important that all of the family are supported after a traumatic delivery.
Traumatic births have long been known to trigger long-term mental health problems. From postnatal depression to body image anxiety, the potential issues that can be caused or exacerbated by a difficult delivery are well documented – but only in mothers. Whilst the physical trauma of birth is solely female, there is also a large body of evidence suggesting that new fathers equally struggle to recover from their experiences in the delivery room. And while, as a result, many of these men are in dire need of psychological counselling or medical help, the resources simply aren't there.