Behavior intervention following traumatic birth experiences to lower rates of maternal PTSD

While many women know the importance of prenatal care, postnatal care is just as necessary, but often disregarded. It is predicted that 1 in every 10 women suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 4 to 6 weeks after birth, which lowers their quality of life (Martinez et al, 2019).  


In 2018, 31.9 percent of all births occurred by cesarean section, or C-section, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In some cases, performing an unplanned or emergency C-section can prevent life-threatening complications for both mother and child. An emergency c-section qualifies as a psychological trauma. This psychological trauma could then lead to PTSD. 


A group of researchers wants to look further into evidence-based early interventions that are currently lacking. They believe that a behavior intervention  following a traumatic childbirth “may result in a reduction in intrusive memories of the trauma” (Sandoz et al, 2019). They plan to test a new strategy called “Swiss TrAumatic biRth Trial (START)” 


While the above protocol has yet to be conducted, it does start to address the “how” of treating the known issue of maternal PTSD. Potentially, different types of behavior intervention can be used all across hospitals.  


If you believe the medical staff did not handle your emergency C-section properly and you or your child suffered injuries, you need experienced help. The team at the Holton Law Firm provides excellent legal help while also serving each client on a personal level. If you have questions, reach out to us by filling out our online contact form. 

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