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Developing a woman-centered, inclusive definition of traumatic childbirth experiences : A discussion paper

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dc.contributor University of Akureyri
dc.contributor.author Leinweber, Julia
dc.contributor.author Fontein-Kuipers, Yvonne
dc.contributor.author Thomson, Gill
dc.contributor.author Karlsdóttir, Sigfríður Inga
dc.contributor.author Nilsson, Christina
dc.contributor.author Ekström-Bergström, Anette
dc.contributor.author Olza, Ibone
dc.contributor.author Hadjigeorgiou, Eleni
dc.contributor.author Stramrood, Claire
dc.date.accessioned 2022-08-31T01:03:44Z
dc.date.available 2022-08-31T01:03:44Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Leinweber , J , Fontein-Kuipers , Y , Thomson , G , Karlsdóttir , S I , Nilsson , C , Ekström-Bergström , A , Olza , I , Hadjigeorgiou , E & Stramrood , C 2022 , ' Developing a woman-centered, inclusive definition of traumatic childbirth experiences : A discussion paper ' , Birth . https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12634
dc.identifier.issn 0730-7659
dc.identifier.other PURE: 57481650
dc.identifier.other PURE UUID: 833e147e-431d-4f6a-9d1e-760b513413a3
dc.identifier.other Scopus: 85127789534
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/3395
dc.description Publisher Copyright: © 2022 The Authors. Birth published by Wiley Periodicals LLC.
dc.description.abstract Introduction: Many women experience giving birth as traumatic. Although women's subjective experiences of trauma are considered the most important, currently there is no clear inclusive definition of a traumatic birth to help guide practice, education, and research. Aim: To formulate a woman-centered, inclusive definition of a traumatic childbirth experience. Methods: After a rapid literature review, a five-step process was undertaken. First, a draft definition was created based on interdisciplinary experts’ views. The definition was then discussed and reformulated with input from over 60 multidisciplinary clinicians and researchers during a perinatal mental health and birth trauma research meeting in Europe. A revised definition was then shared with consumer groups in eight countries to confirm its face validity and adjusted based on their feedback. Results: The stepwise process confirmed that a woman-centered and inclusive definition was important. The final definition was: “A traumatic childbirth experience refers to a woman's experience of interactions and/or events directly related to childbirth that caused overwhelming distressing emotions and reactions; leading to short and/ or long-term negative impacts on a woman's health and wellbeing.”. Conclusions: This definition of a traumatic childbirth experience was developed through consultations with experts and consumer groups. The definition acknowledges that low-quality provider interactions and obstetric violence can traumatize individuals during childbirth. The women-centered and inclusive focus could help women to identify and validate their experiences of traumatic birth, offering benefits for practice, education, and research, as well as for policymaking and activism in the fields of perinatal mental health and respectful maternity care.
dc.language.iso en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Birth; ()
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Fæðing
dc.subject Sálræn áföll
dc.subject Konur
dc.subject obstetric violence
dc.subject post-traumatic stress disorder
dc.subject postpartum
dc.subject subjective
dc.subject traumatic childbirth
dc.subject Obstetrics and Gynecology
dc.title Developing a woman-centered, inclusive definition of traumatic childbirth experiences : A discussion paper
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dc.description.version Peer reviewed
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12634
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