Psychological trauma symptoms of operative birth

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Title Psychological trauma symptoms of operative birth
Author Gamble, Jennifer Ann; Creedy, Debra
Journal Name British Journal of Midwifery
Year Published 2005
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.
Abstract This is the first in a series of articles on operative birth and psychological issues. This paper looks at negative childbirth experiences and how they can result in the development of trauma symptoms and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Psychological trauma symptoms following childbirth are debilitating, and may affect a woman's ability to care for her baby. This study aimed to examine the relationship between type of birth and symptoms of psychological trauma at 4–6 weeks postpartum. 400 Australian women in the last trimester of pregnancy were recruited from three public antenatal clinics. Participants were interviewed about the birth within 72 hours postpartum and telephone interviews conducted at 4–6 weeks postpartum to assess symptoms of psychological trauma. Results showed that women who had an emergency caesarean delivery or operative vaginal delivery were more likely to meet the diagnostic criteria for PTSD than women who had an elective caesarean section or spontaneous vaginal birth.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2005 MA Healthcare. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 13
Issue Number 4
Page from 218
Page to 224
ISSN 0969-4900
Date Accessioned 2005-12-19
Language en_US
Research Centre Menzies Health Institute Qld; Centre for Health Practice Innovation
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Midwifery
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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