Essential reading for healthcare professionals to better understand and recognise postnatal PTSD and support parents
Kim Thomas is the CEO of the Birth Trauma Association. She is a
freelance journalist writing on health, education and social care
and has written extensively for national newspapers, including the
Guardian, the Independent and the Financial Times. Kim has also
delivered presentations on birth trauma at conferences and training
sessions for midwives and obstetricians.
Shona McCann is a midwife with 28 years experience and in 2013 the first permanent specialist PMH Midwife in Scotland. Shona has won multiple awards, appeared in publications, television and radio. She developed midwife clinics for women with mental health issues, is the Maternity Lead in the PMH MCN, is the chair of the PMH midwives meeting in Scotland with the MCN , vice chair of the RCM PMH forum and regularly presents at conferences. She has also advised Maternity services across the UK on the development of PMH midwifery provision.
I was moved to tears by these powerful stories of birth trauma,
linked by a digest of historical context and research evidence.
Expert compassionate care can prevent damaging psychosocial
consequences for women and families, whilst professionals
themselves need to be shown the same kindness. This book is often
heart-breaking but ultimately hopeful. -- Dr Jane Morris,
Consultant Perinatal Psychiatrist and Medical Psychotherapist
A well-informed, comprehensive book based on research evidence and people's experiences of postnatal PTSD. Essential reading for maternity care professionals. -- Professor Susan Ayers, City, University of London
The importance of this book cannot be overestimated. Not only do the authors provide a comprehensive theoretical understanding and practical tool for practitioners, each chapter is steeped in compassion and understanding. This book provides all of us working in the perinatal landscape a brilliantly evidenced and researched tool to better understand perinatal PTSD with compassion and understanding. We are the first generation to understand trauma in such depth and this book provides a clear, well researched analysis brought to life with women's stories. This is a great tool for professionals which I hope leads to high quality and compassionate care for all women during the perinatal period.-- Laura Seebohm, Maternal Mental Health Alliance