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Is childbirth-induced PTSD associated with low maternal attachment?

Authors
  • Dekel, Sharon1, 2
  • Thiel, Freya1
  • Dishy, Gabriella1
  • Ashenfarb, Alyssa L.1
  • 1 Massachusetts General Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Charlestown Navy Yard, 120 2nd Ave, Charlestown, MA, 02129, USA , Charlestown (United States)
  • 2 Harvard Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, Boston, MA, 02115, USA , Boston (United States)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Women's Mental Health
Publisher
Springer Vienna
Publication Date
May 21, 2018
Volume
22
Issue
1
Pages
119–122
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s00737-018-0853-y
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
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Abstract

Few studies examined maternal attachment in childbirth-related postpartum posttraumatic stress disorder (PP-PTSD). We studied 685 postpartum women, assessing for PP-PTSD, non-childbirth PTSD, maternal attachment, pre-birth, birth, and post-birth factors. Attachment was lower in PP-PTSD than in non-childbirth PTSD and no PP-PTSD. Hierarchical regression showed that PP-PTSD predicted less maternal attachment above and beyond pre-birth psychiatric conditions, acute distress in birth, and lack of breastfeeding. Childbirth-induced posttraumatic stress may interfere with the formation of maternal attachment, warranting screening of at-risk women.

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