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Arch Womens Ment Health. 2019 Feb;22(1):119-122. doi: 10.1007/s00737-018-0853-y. Epub 2018 May 21.

Is childbirth-induced PTSD associated with low maternal attachment?

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1
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown Navy Yard, 120 2nd Ave, Charlestown, MA, 02129, USA. sdekel@mgh.harvard.edu.
2
Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 02115, USA. sdekel@mgh.harvard.edu.
3
Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown Navy Yard, 120 2nd Ave, Charlestown, MA, 02129, USA.

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.

KEYWORDS:

Attachment; Bonding; Childbirth; Infant; Postpartum; Posttraumatic stress disorder; Traumatic stress

PMID:
29786116
DOI:
10.1007/s00737-018-0853-y

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