Background: A traumatic birth experience is associated with postpartum mental health disorders such as PTSD, and difficulties in mother-baby bonding. The actions and interactions of care providers can have a significant influence on womens experience of birth trauma. In order to inform care that promotes optimal emotional and psychological outcomes, care providers need to understand the causes of childbirth trauma from the perspective of women. Aim: The aim of this study was to capture womens descriptions of their traumatic childbirth. Method: Data was gathered via an online survey of 748 women who experienced a traumatic birth. The women responded in their own words to the question describe the birth trauma experience, and what you found traumatisin. Thematic analysis of the data was carried out using a six stage process described by Braun and Clarke (2006). Ethical approval for the study was gained via the University of the Sunshine Coast Human Research Ethics Committee (USC Ethics Approval No. Results The majority of participants (66.7%) described care provider actions and interactions as the traumatic element of their birth experience. Three themes were identified from the data: I was invisible and my consent and I was violated. Conclusion: Women’s descriptions of traumatic childbirth revealed that the actions and interactions of care providers contributed to their experience of trauma.
11th International Normal Labour and Birth Conference (NLBC), Sydney, Australia 10-13 October 2016
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