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Improving mental health and physiological stress responses in mothers following traumatic childbirth and in their infants: study protocol for the Swiss TrAumatic biRth Trial (START)

Published inBMJ Open, vol. 9, no. 12, e032469
Publication date2019
Abstract

Emergency caesarean section (ECS) qualifies as a psychological trauma, which may result in postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Maternal PTSD may not only have a significant negative impact on mother-infant interactions, but also on long-term infant development. The partner's mental health may also affect infant development. Evidence-based early interventions to prevent the development of postpartum PTSD in mothers are lacking. Immediately after a traumatic event, memory formation is vulnerable to interference. There is accumulating evidence that a brief behavioural intervention including a visuospatial task may result in a reduction in intrusive memories of the trauma.

Keywords
  • HRV
  • PTSD
  • Cortisol
  • Early intervention
  • Infant development
  • Maternal mental health
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SANDOZ, Vania et al. Improving mental health and physiological stress responses in mothers following traumatic childbirth and in their infants: study protocol for the Swiss TrAumatic biRth Trial (START). In: BMJ Open, 2019, vol. 9, n° 12, p. e032469. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2019-032469
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