“Dekel and her team found that much of the woman’s experience had to do with objective factors – such as having obstetrical complications and nearly dying during birth – as well as subjective factors: How did the woman perceive her childbirth experience? How was her immediate emotional reaction? If she recounts it as a traumatic experience, her negative appraisal could also impede further healing.
“As Dekel explained, “A woman feels a sense of shame in not enjoying the birth experience” and believes she should manage a traumatic response by “‘just getting over it’, a strategy that often does not promote her coping. Her feelings are often compounded by lack of sleep, stress, and responsibility, leading to a vicious cycle.” Dekel encourages doctors and clinicians to ask each woman, “How was your childbirth experience?” Depending on how the mother responds, she can then be screened for PP-PTSD, and referred for psychological or psychiatric care. Partners, family members, and friends are recommended to ‘let the mother share her experience. Let her seek consultation if she needs support. It is important to chip in and help the mother engage with her baby. Give her time to focus on herself.’”
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