The EMDR recent birth trauma protocolSummary sheet:  The EMDR recent birth trauma protocol



The Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Recent Birth Trauma Protocol has been specifically developed for intervention in the maternity ward when the delivery has been traumatic; the intervention may be used after several hours or days. The protocol belongs to EMDR intervention (EEI) and takes its inspiration from the Recent Traumatic Episode Protocol (R-TEP). In the EMDR Recent Birth Trauma Protocol, the clinician will find the following: different guidelines to treat women in a state of shock because of delivery; how to treat a big 'T' birth trauma; how to treat a small 't' birth trauma; specific negative cognitions for birth trauma; explanation of the telescopic processing through EMD, EMDR, and EMDR for birth trauma; and the development of resources useful for the mother's new role and the new tasks the woman is dealing with. If the intervention on birth trauma is timely and focused, its advantages may have a positive effect on the woman's psycho-physical health, the support of bonding between mother and baby, the child's development, and the couple's (the woman and her partner's) affective balance. The preventive value is high during a period of great changes in a woman's life.


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M. Caterina Cattaneo
Valentina Chiorino
Sara Roveraro
Roberta Salerno
Isabel Fernandez

Original Work Citation

Cattaneo, M. C., Chiorino, V., Roveraro, S, Salerno, R., & Fernandez, F. (2019). The EMDR recent birth trauma protocol. In M. Luber (Ed.), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Scripted Protocols and Summary Sheets: Treating Trauma in Somatic and Medical-Related Conditions (pp. 377-426). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co



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