Post-traumatic symptoms after childbirth: what should we offer?

Alder, Judith; Stadlmayr, Werner; Tschudin, Sibil; Bitzer, Johannes (2006). Post-traumatic symptoms after childbirth: what should we offer? Journal of psychosomatic obstetrics and gynecology, 27(2), pp. 107-12. London: Informa Healthcare 10.1080/01674820600714632

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Most studies on post-traumatic stress symptoms after childbirth have focused on prevalence of and looked at etiological factors and predictors. While most authors agree that around 1.5% of the women develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and significantly more present with post-traumatic stress symptoms, the studies still lack a proper diagnosis using diagnostic interviews to validate the enhanced stress scores found in questionnaires. Also, some relevant predicting factors such as pre-existing psychopathology and dissociation during labor have not been investigated so far. Mostly, however, research on counseling strategies for women with post-traumatic symptoms after childbirth has been neglected. While most women remain in a mother-child unit during the first days after birth, there is a unique opportunity to systematically assess birth experience in this setting and screen for women at risk for developing trauma symptoms. This article presents a multilevel counseling approach including postnatal counseling and counseling in a subsequent pregnancy.

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04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Gynaecology

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Stadlmayr, Werner






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04 Oct 2013 14:50

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05 Dec 2022 14:15

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