EMDR with perinatal post traumatic stress disorder


For most people, childbirth is a time for celebration and joy. However, for some women it can prove a harrowing and traumtising experience. This may result in mothers developing Peri-Natal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PN-PSTD), (Slade, 2006)). The reported prevalence of PTSD following childbirth ranges from 1.5% to 6% (Beck, 2004). However, there is a general lack of awareness of this issue, encompassing all health care professions (General Practitioners, Health Visitors, Obstetricians, and non-specialist Psychiatrists) (Robinson, 2003)). This can lead to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatments being offers (Czamocks & Slade, 2000). This paper will critically examine some of the common themes associated with PN-PTSD. It will explore how Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can and should be used as an effective treatment intervention (Madrid, Skolek, and Shapiro 2007). Evidence based practice and practice based evidence (case studies) will show how EMDR can be adapted for this client group. The presentation will also reflect on future training needs and research implications.






Lynn Keenan
Paul Keenan
Carmel Wright

Original Work Citation

Keenan, L., Keenan, P., & Wright, C. (2007, June). EMDR with perinatal post traumatic stress disorder. Presentation at 8th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Paris, France



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