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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) after Childbirth

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  02 January 2018

C. G. Ballard*
Department of Psychiatry, University of Birmingham
A. K. Stanley
Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital, Birmingham
I. F. Brockington
Department of Psychiatry, University of Birmingham
Dr Ballard, Department of Psychiatry, University of Birmingham, Queen Elizabeth Psychiatric Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, Birmingham B15 2QZ



There has been discussion about the possible occurrence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in mothers after difficult childbirth.


Four cases with a symptom profile suggestive of PTSD commencing within 48 hours of childbirth are presented.


The PTSD was in each case associated with the delivery. In each case, there was an associated depressive illness. All four had persistent disorders, and two had difficulties with mother/infant attachment.


As confirmed by other reports, the prevalence of PTSD associated with childbirth is a matter of concern.

Copyright © Royal College of Psychiatrists, 1995 

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