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Midwifery. 2008 Mar;24(1):62-73. Epub 2007 Jan 12.

A pilot study of eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing treatment (EMDR) for post-traumatic stress after childbirth.

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Private Practice, Umeå Utveckling AB, Sweden. marianne.sandstrom@hojdpunkten.ac.se

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

to explore the possibility of using eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) to treat women who have experienced post-traumatic stress after childbirth.

DESIGN:

the pilot study consisted of a 'before and after' treatment design combined with follow-up measurements 1-3 years after EMDR treatment. Quantitative data from questionnaires (Traumatic Event Scale [TES]) were collected. In addition, qualitative data from individual interviews with the participants were collected as well as data from the psychotherapist's treatment notes of the EMDR treatment sessions.

SETTING:

the north of Sweden.

PARTICIPANTS:

four women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after childbirth (one pregnant and three non-pregnant).

FINDINGS:

all participants reported reduction of post-traumatic stress after treatment. After 1-3 years, the beneficial effects of EMDR treatment remained for three of the four women. Symptoms of intrusive thoughts and avoidance seemed most sensitive for treatment.

IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE:

EMDR might be a useful tool in the treatment of non-pregnant women severely traumatised by childbirth; however, further research is required.

PMID:
17223232
DOI:
10.1016/j.midw.2006.07.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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