The Slippery Slope of Birth Trauma
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In this chapter the author’s research program on traumatic childbirth is the focus. The series of 6 qualitative studies bring visibility to the invisible phenomena of the distressing consequences of birth trauma for women. Posttraumatic stress disorder due to childbirth, breastfeeding difficulties, the anniversary of birth trauma, and subsequent childbirth after a previous birth trauma are the unintended events that some women struggle with as they progressed down this slippery slope. The chapter ends on a positive note with mothers’ experiences of posttraumatic growth following a traumatic birth.
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