Why some women may leave the birth experience with emotional distress

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This paper considers findings from a wider mixed methods study to understand women’s feelings following birth.  Three key themes illuminated the topic of women’s subjective distress: “Giving birth as traumatic/horrific”, “Lasting emotions linked to the birth process” and “The impact of health professionals”. Additionally, the results from the quantitative strand identified differences in women with raised post-traumatic stress symptoms.

Jackie Baxter, Former Lead Midwife for Clinical Governance, St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London