Postpartum early EMDR therapy intervention (PERCEIVE) study for women after a traumatic birth experience: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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Background
Up to 43% of women perceive giving birth as traumatic which may result in the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or related symptoms. Negative and traumatic childbirth experiences can also lead to fear of childbirth, avoiding or negatively in􀂧uencing a subsequent pregnancy, mother-infant bonding problems, problems with breastfeeding, depression and reduced quality of life. For PTSD in general, eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy has proven to be effective. However, little is known about the preventive effects of early intervention EMDR therapy in women after a traumatic birth experience. The purpose of this study is to determine the effectiveness of early intervention EMDR therapy in preventing PTSD and reducing PTSD symptoms in women with a traumatic birth experience.

Methods
The PERCEIVE-study is a randomized controlled trial. Women suffering from the consequences of a traumatic birth experience will be randomly allocated at maximum 14 days postpartum to either EMDR therapy or “care-as-usual”. Patients in the EMDR condition receive two sessions of therapy between fourteen (T0) and thirty-five days postpartum. All participants will be assessed at T0, and at nine weeks postpartum (T1). At T1 all participants will undergo a CAPS-interview about the presence and severity of PTSD symptoms. The primary outcome measure is severity of PTSD symptoms, whereas the secondary outcomes pertain to fear of childbirth, mother-infant bonding, breastfeeding, depression and quality of life. The study will be conducted at a large city hospital and at several midwifery practices in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Discussion
It is to be expected that the results of this study will provide more insight about the safety and effectiveness of early intervention EMDR therapy in the prevention and reduction of PTSD (symptoms) in women with a traumatic birth experience.

Trial registration
Trial register. NL73231.000.20. Registered on August 21, 2020. https://www.trialregister.nl/trial/8843

Format

Journal

Language

English

Author(s)

Yvette M.G.A. Hendrix
Karlijn S.M. van Dongen
Ad de Jongh
Mariëlle G. van Pampus

Original Work Citation

Hendrix, Y. M. G. A., van Dongen, K. S. M., de Jongh, A., & van Pampyus, M. G. (in press). Postpartum early EMDR therapy intervention (PERCEIVE) study for women after a traumatic birth experience: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial. Trials

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Citation

“Postpartum early EMDR therapy intervention (PERCEIVE) study for women after a traumatic birth experience: Study protocol for a randomized controlled trial,” Francine Shapiro Library, accessed July 29, 2021, https://emdria.omeka.net/items/show/26819.

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