Birth Trauma and Its Sequelae

  title={Birth Trauma and Its Sequelae},
  author={Cheryl Tatano Beck},
  journal={Journal of Trauma \& Dissociation},
  pages={189 - 203}
  • Cheryl Tatano Beck
  • Published 30 March 2009
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Journal of Trauma & Dissociation
Reported international rates of posttraumatic stress disorder due to birth trauma range as high as 5.9%. Trauma associated with perinatal events, however, is often lacking in discussions of women's trauma. The main focus of this article is on the description of 3 qualitative studies on birth trauma, posttraumatic stress disorder due to birth trauma, and the anniversary of a traumatic birth. Birth trauma is placed in the context of trauma theory. Implications for clinical practice are addressed. 

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Women who experienced both a high level of obstetric intervention and dissatisfaction with their intrapartum care were more likely to develop trauma symptoms than women who received a highlevel of Obstetric intervention or women who perceived their care to be inadequate.

The Anniversary of Birth Trauma: Failure to Rescue

The time seems right to broaden the use of the term failure to rescue to these childbearing women because not only clinicians but also family and friends failed to rescue mothers during the period surrounding the anniversary of their birth trauma.

Delivery as a Traumatic Event: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Treatment for Postnatal Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

  • S. Ayers
  • Psychology
    Clinical obstetrics and gynecology
  • 2004
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