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

  title={Post-traumatic symptoms after childbirth: What should we offer?},
  author={Judith Alder and Werner Stadlmayr and Sibil Tschudin and Johannes Bitzer},
  journal={Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics \& Gynecology},
  pages={107 - 112}
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… 

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  • T. Paul
  • Psychology
    Journal of Perinatal Education
  • 2008
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Post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth: the phenomenon of traumatic birth.

  • J. L. Reynolds
  • Psychology, Medicine
    CMAJ : Canadian Medical Association journal = journal de l'Association medicale canadienne
  • 1997
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