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Created on : 24 Oct 2003
Modified on : 02 Dec 2007

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Bibliographical entry (without author) :

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Childbirth. Publication électronique de TABS (www.tabs.org.nz, Articles).

Author(s) :

Crompton J.

Year of publication :

2003

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http://www.tabs.org.nz/pdfdocs/jrcrompton%20tabs.p…

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Far always being a benign and normal experience, for many women childbirth is a traumatic experience which, untreated, can profoundly and negatively affect her family and her psychological health for the rest of her life.

It is important for midwives to understand the events that lead to trauma and how it impacts on the physiology of their clients so that practice can be centred around giving the locus of control, rather than the professional. Until such time that it becomes policy to take lifespan history of a woman, rather than just her obstetric or gynaecological history, we shall never know what she may have experienced or endured. It is my opinion that the only way to ensure that many fewer women are traumatized by childbirth is to treat each of them as gently as if they are all survivors of previous traumatic abuse. One in five of them are!!!

Finally, it is important for midwives and health professionals to understand and monitor their own responses to traumatic events in the workplace. Elevated stress levels are a common cause of "burn-out" and high rates of "sick leave" which maybe alleviated by understanding, being able to talk the event through with a non-judgemental listener, followed by sympathetic debriefing.

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➡ traumatism ; post-traumatic stress ; psychology

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Cécile Loup — 24 Oct 2003
➡ latest update : Alison Passieux — 02 Dec 2007

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