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The birthing experience may be perceived as a traumatic in women who present with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Yet a woman's view can change if she gains knowledge about the birth experience. Narrative debriefing, for example, is a source of validation, through the telling and listening of birth narratives. Further, by reading books and articles, taking mental notes, and comparing outcomes women can reevaluate their own experiences and their perceptions change as a result. Women may require repetitive debriefing to facilitate healing from birth-related trauma.


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JOURNAL OF PRENATAL AND PERINATAL PSYCHOLOGY AND HEALTH publishes research and clinical articles from the cutting edge of the science of prenatal and perinatal psychology and health. The journal, published quarterly since 1986, is dedicated to the in-depth exploration human reproduction and pregnancy and the mental and emotional development of the unborn and newborn child.

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