Support groups are important for many elements of trauma and recovery. Some support groups are intended for the patients who suffer from certain ailments, while other support groups are intended for the families of the patients whose sufferings are a little different, but their trauma isn’t any less important or severe.
In some cases, support groups can help the parents of children who suffer from birth injuries heal from anxieties related to the birth injury, allowing them to move on. At the very least, support groups can help support people who are experiencing the same trials, warning them of future steps to come and of possible setbacks.
If you are a parent who has a child with Erb’s palsy, there could be a number of helpful and interesting support groups that could be beneficial for moving your child through this period in his or her life –and beneficial for you own healing, as well.
How Can a Support Group Help With the Parents?
When your child has been diagnosed with Erb’s palsy, it’s likely because your child was injured in a difficult delivery. Sometimes mothers with children who have Erb’s palsy take the child to physical therapy but need a form of therapy themselves to be able to work through the anxieties related to the delivery. Some mothers are traumatized from the birthing experience, feeling that their child’s injury was their fault somehow. Erb’s palsy is never the mother’s fault. If it is anyone’s fault, it’s the doctor’s fault for not taking precautionary measures.
Other women may not feel like Erb’s palsy was their fault, but the are traumatized from the overall experience, resulting in depression or taking measures such as avoiding sex to prevent being pregnant again and experiencing a similarly traumatic event.
Support groups can help work women through these tough times in their life, helping them to realize that the fault isn’t theirs, and that this one example of Erb’s palsy could be a fluke. Professionals help to guide the group, letting each woman express herself, but also guiding a woman to a healing place.
How Can a Support Group Help with the Children?
Parents who attend support groups for children with Erb’s palsy may find some help for their child through discussion. While some of the discussion deals with the personal trauma of the parents, other discussions might lead parents in the direction of helpful exercises or therapies, and interesting and helpful tips that these parents have experienced or are experiencing with their own child with Erb’s palsy. Typically the kind of people who attend support groups are people who are at different places in the journey, sharing their own experiences with people who haven’t yet reached that stage in their own journey.
Where Do I Find Out About Support Groups?
Support groups are hosted by hospitals or other medical centers, and sometimes populate libraries or adult centers. If you are looking for a support group for parents of children with Erb’s palsy, ask your physician first for a recommendation. If your physician doesn’t know of anyone, you may want to try asking the hospital. If the hospital doesn’t host the group, someone may know who you can contact to get more information regarding that support group. Additionally, you may find information on social media, not only linking you to information regarding the time and location of the meeting, but you may begin networking with other parents of children with Erb’s palsy, making attending the meeting that much easier.