Maternity in the Wake of Terrorism: Rebirth or Retraumatization?
Publication Date:March 2006
This phenomenological study aims to portray the nature of the shared experiences of Israeli women who became pregnant and gave birth after surviving the trauma of terrorism in order to learn how maternity experiences can either augment the process of posttraumatic healing or exacerbate the wound inflicted by the trauma. Data was collected via open-ended interviews with eight women who shared the stories of their experiences. Data analysis revealed findings in four categories: losses, maternity through the prism of otherness, maternity as empowerment and transformational processes. Retraumatization can be avoided and healing promoted by ensuring sensitive and individualized perinatal care.
KEY WORDS: trauma, terrorism, posttraumatic maternity, empowerment, Israel, maternity experiences, posttraumatic healing, perinatal care.
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Mindy Levy, CNM, MA
Mindy Levy CNM, MA, is a Homebirth Midwife, Childbirth Educator, and Midwifery Educator.
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