Sarah McDonald

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, Nottigham, England, United Kingdom

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  • Sarah McDonald, Pauline Slade, Helen Spiby, Jane Iles
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    ABSTRACT: This study examined the prevalence of childbirth-related post-traumatic stress (PTS) symptoms at 2 years postpartum and the relationship between such symptoms and both self-reported parenting stress and perceptions of the mother-child relationship. 81 women completed measures of childbirth-related PTS symptoms at 6 weeks and 3 months postpartum; these results were used in an exploration of their predictive links with mother-child relationship and parenting measures at 2 years. 17.3% of respondents reported some PTS symptoms at a clinically significant level at 2 years postpartum. However, these symptoms were only weakly linked to parenting stress and were not related to mothers' perceptions of their children. However earlier PTS symptoms within 3 months of childbirth did show limited associations with parenting stress at 2 years but no association with child relationship outcomes once current depression was taken into account. Implications for clinical practice and the concept of childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder are discussed.
    Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics & Gynecology 09/2011; 32(3):141-6. · 1.59 Impact Factor