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Traumatic Childbirth


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. What is Traumatic Birth and Posttraumatic Stress due to Childbirth 3. Jeanne's Introduction to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Secondary to Birth trauma 4. Review of the Literature on Risk Factors for Postpartum Posttraumatic Stress Response 5. Women's narratives of risk factors for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 6. Assessment and Diagnosis 7. Case Study 1: Carol 8. Instruments to Screen for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 9. Impact of Traumatic Childbirth on Breastfeeding 10. Anniversary of Birth Trauma 11. Subsequent Childbirth after a Previous Traumatic Birth 12. Case Study 2: Anne 13. Selected Treatments for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 14. Case Study 3: Sheila 15. Fathers and Traumatic Childbirth 16. Trauma and Birth Stress (TABS) 17. Secondary Traumatic Stress 18. Epilogue

About the Author

Cheryl Tatano Beck is Distinguished Professor at the School of Nursing, University of Connecticut, USA. Jeanne Watson Driscoll is a board certified clinical nurse specialist in adult psychiatric-mental health nursing. She maintains a private psychotherapy practice specializing in the care of women experiencing mood and anxiety disorders during their reproductive years in Boston Massachusetts, USA. Sue Watson is co-founder of Trauma and Birth Stress (TABS), an organization dedicated to raising the profile of traumatic birth and the devastation it causes. She currently works as a childbirth educator in Auckland, New Zealand.


'[A] fascinating and full-bodied presentation of the emerging understanding of the impact of traumatic childbirth on mothers, fathers/partners, and providers...Traumatic Childbirth is a highly readable, compelling and comprehensive collection of research, practice, and perspective that speaks to the birth professional's sensibilities.' - Science and Sensibility 'This book is an extraordinary resource for families and health professionals alike. I read far more of it at each sitting than I had planned because Traumatic Birth is a fascinating mix of clinical experiences, women's case studies, fathers' perspectives and research. The authors from the United States and New Zealand combine the expertise of a clinician, a researcher and a birth activist.' cMidwifery News 'Traumatic Childbirth goes beyond the usual discussion of postpartum depression to address the lasting impact of traumatic childbirth on new mothers, and gathers academic, clinical and personal stories under one cover to address the implications of such births. From mother and father perspectives to impacts on breastfeeding, subsequent births, and more, this offers health professionals a fine guide to the latest information and research covering traumatic childbirth, and is a "must" for both health and women's issues collections alike.' - James A. Cox, Editor-in-Chief, Midwest Book Review, USA

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