EMDR-treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder after childbirth. A pilot study of four cases

Description

During the last decade, it has been recognized by research that a traumatic experience of childbirth can cause PTSD. What has also been shown is that these women do not spontaneously recover. No studies have been made before on psychotherapeutic treatment of this group.

The aim of our pilot study was to explore the possibility to use EMDR in the treatment of women who suffered from posttraumatic stress after childbirth. Because most pregnant women invited declined to participate, also non-pregnant women were included. One pregnant and three not pregnant women with PSTD after childbirth were treated with EMDR. All clients reported reduction of posttraumatic stress after treatment. The results suggest that EMDR might be a useful tool in the treatment of non-pregnant women severely traumatic by childbirth, but our study has several limitations. Further research and a randomized controlled study are recommended.

Format

Conference

Language

English

Author(s)

Marianne Sandstrom
Anna-Clara Willman
Umea Utveckling

Original Work Citation

Sandstrom, M., Willman, A-C., & Utveckling, U. (2004, June). EMDR-treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder after childbirth. A pilot study of four cases. In single trauma and grief (L. Cornil, Chair). Symposium conducted at the 5th EMDR Europe Association Conference, Stockholm, Sweden

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Citation

“EMDR-treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder after childbirth. A pilot study of four cases,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 13, 2020, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/19390.

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