The utilisation of EMDR and peri-natal PTSD: Themes and interweaves


For most people child birth is a time for celebration and joy. However, for some women it can prove a harrowing and traumatising experience. This may result in mothers developing “Peri-Natal Post Traumatic Stress Disorder” (P.N. P.T.S.D.) (Slade 2006). The reported prevalence of P.T.S.D. after childbirth ranges from 1.5% to 6% (Beck 2004). However there is a lack of awareness of this issue, encompassing all health care professionals (General Practioners, Health Visitors, Obstetricians and non-specialist Psychiatrists) (Robinson 2003). This can lead to misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment being offered (Czarnocka and Slade 2000). This paper will critically examine some of the common themes associated with PN-PTSD. It will explore how EMDR can and should be used as an effective treatment intervention, focussing on the use of specific cognitive interweaves (Madrid, Skolek & Shapiro 2007) and finally suggesting future research initiatives in this area.






Lynn Keenan

Original Work Citation

Keenan, L. (2010, July). The utilisation of EMDR and peri-natal PTSD: Themes and interweaves. Presentation at the 1st EMDR Asia Conference, Bali, Indonesia



“The utilisation of EMDR and peri-natal PTSD: Themes and interweaves,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed December 6, 2021,

Output Formats