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Traumatic stress after childbirth: the role of obstetric variables
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
Linköping University, Department of Molecular and Clinical Medicine, Obstetrics and gynecology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2002 (English)In: Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynaecology, ISSN 0167-482X, E-ISSN 1743-8942, Vol. 23, no 1, 31-39 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In a sample of 1550 recently delivered women, traumatic stress after childbirth was studied in relation to obstetric variables.

A post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptom profile and traumatic stress symptoms were assessed by means of the Traumatic Event Scale (TES) Obstetric data comprised delivery mode, duration of the second stage of labor (the time from cervical dilation of 10 cm to partus) and the use of analgesia/anesthesia.

Traumatic stress symptoms and having a PTSD symptom profile were both significantly related to the experience of an emergency cesarean section or an instrumental vaginal delivery It is of clinical importance, however that most women with a PTSD symptom profile were found in the normal vaginal delivery group (NVD) This implies that a normal vaginal delivery can be experienced as traumatic, lust as an emergency cesarian section is not necessarily traumatic Traumatic stress symptoms were neither substantially correlated to the duration of the second stage of labor, nor to the use of analgesia/anesthesia.

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2002. Vol. 23, no 1, 31-39 p.
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26588DOI: 10.3109/01674820209093413Local ID: 11153OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-26588DiVA: diva2:247137
Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Posttraumatic stress after childbirth
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2002 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The aim of the thesis was to study the occunence of posttraumatic stress after childbirth, as seen in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Furthermore the studies explored potential risk factors, in pregnancy and during the delivery, for posttraumatic stress after childbirth and its longitudinal course, one to eleven months postpartum. Posttraumatic stress was also studied in comparison with the occunence of depression, in pregnancy and after childbirth.

Study 1 and 2 had a cross-sectional design and comprised 1640 consecutively delivered women in Linköping, Sweden. The variables were assessed once, using questimmaires measuring posttraumatic stress and fear of childbirth. Obstetric data were collected from the medical records.

Study 3, 4 and 5 were based on a cohort of 1224 women who were recruited in Linköping and Kalmar. Variables were assessed in early and late pregnancy. After the delivery the variables were assessed four times: 1, 4, 7, and 11 months postpartum. Measurements by means of questionnaires comprised demographic data, potential risk factors, posttraumatic stress, fear of childbirth, and depression.

Within 1-11 months after the delivery, 1-2% of the women developed posttraumatic stress. Emergency cesarean section and vaginal instrumental delivery were associated with an increased risk for posttraumatic stress postpartum.

Severe fear of childbirth, "pre"-traumatic stress (similar to posttraumatic stress but future oriented) and depression in pregnancy were associated with an increased tisk of suffedng from posttraumatic stress within 1-11 months postpartum. During that period, 24 of the 37 women with posttraumatic stress also had depression.

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Linköping: Linköpings universitet, 2002. 41 p.
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Linköping University Medical Dissertations, ISSN 0345-0082 ; 761
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-26671 (URN)11238 (Local ID)91-7373-203-6 (ISBN)11238 (Archive number)11238 (OAI)
Public defence
2002-12-20, Berzeliussalen, Hälsouniversitetet, Linköping, 09:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-10-08 Created: 2009-10-08 Last updated: 2012-09-19Bibliographically approved

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