Listening to Women After Childbirth: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Listening to Women After Childbirth

1st Edition

By Alison Brodrick, Emma Williamson


160 pages

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Hardback: 9780815360339
pub: 2020-02-28
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It is vital that healthcare practitioners understand the psychological impact of childbirth when caring for women. This accessible guide is designed to improve the care that women receive and, as a result, public health outcomes related to maternal and infant wellbeing. With the right knowledge, skill and techniques, practitioners can do so much more.

This book outlines how clinicians can offer practical support to women after birth. Listening to women after childbirth:

  • discusses what we know about how women adapt to motherhood and develop a post-childbirth identity;
  • outlines some the causes and manifestation of post-traumatic stress following childbirth;
  • provides practical guidance for setting up postnatal pathways for women traumatised by birth;
  • equips practitioners with the knowledge and skills needed to communicate effectively and support traumatised women;
  • incorporates narratives from women to demonstrate how their births and related events were perceived and processed, before discussing how women’s views can be used to inform and enhance future practice;
  • highlights the importance of clinical supervision for healthcare professionals working in this area to promote staff resilience and sustainability.

Drawing together theoretical knowledge, evidence, practical skills and women’s narratives to help clinicians understand the psychology of childbirth and support women, it is of significant value to all healthcare practitioners engaged in maternity services.

Table of Contents

1. Transition to motherhood 2. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder-Understanding the iceberg 3. Communication Skills: How to listen 4. Birth Afterthoughts-a stepped care model 5. Therapeutic Interventions-the next step 6. Supporting women in their next pregnancy 7. Promoting Staff resilience 8. Using narratives to inform practice

About the Authors

Alison Brodrick is a consultant midwife at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, UK. Alison has established the Sheffield birth afterthoughts service and an antenatal service for pregnant women who are fearful of birth. She has also published work on service innovation, fear of childbirth and psychology relating to childbirth.

Emma Williamson is a clinical psychologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, UK. Emma currently works with therapeutically with women who are experiencing symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder following childbirth and has previously researched in this area.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Nursing / Maternity, Perinatal, Women's Health
MEDICAL / Psychiatry / General
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health