The impact of a traumatic birth: An exploration of mothers’ experiences
AbstractThis study took a qualitative approach to explore mothers’ experiences of the impact of traumatic birth. Four women who had experienced a self-defined traumatic birth took part in taped semi-structured interviews. Interpretative phenomenological analysis was chosen as the means of evaluation. The research found mothers experienced feelings of fear, shock and being out of control during the trauma. Coping mechanisms of dissociation and repression were reported. Feelings of failure, anger, inadequacy and depression featured postpartum. The trauma also impacted on marital relationships, mother baby bonding, attachment behaviour and decisions about future pregnancies. Post traumatic growth was also a feature of the impact of traumatic birth.
PublisherUniversity of Chester
TypeThesis or dissertation
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