Did you have a traumatic childbirth experience?

May 26th, 2014 Research

A Study out of the University of the Sunshine Coast is looking for parents, both men and women, over 18 years old who feel the birth experience with their child was traumatic.

From the website:

The volunteers will be invited to complete an online survey containing 121 questions which will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes. The survey will investigate previous mental health, symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, coping strategies, parenting self-efficacy, and relationship with spouse quality. Questions include asking about anxiety, depression, recurring memories of the traumatic experience, and any positive and negative feelings about your baby.

If you think your child’s birth was traumatic, and this sounds interesting, I encourage you to head over to the survey and start filling it out.  As a research participant, you always have the right to change your mind or stop completing the survey if it makes you uncomfortable.

You can read about the study, and gain access to the survey here: Parental Mental Health Following a Traumatic Childbirth Survey.

Don’t forget to have your male or female partner also complete the survey.  The childbirth experience affects the whole family.



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Jennifer Vanderlaan CNM MPH is the author of the website. She has been working with expectant families since 2000, training doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives. She has worked with midwives in Central America and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her interest in public health grew in 2010, and she is now a PhD student learning to become a producer of knowledge.

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