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Post-traumatic stress disorder may follow childbirth

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 28 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:774

Post-traumatic stress disorder is an under-recognised complication of difficult childbirth and can be caused by insensitive obstetric care, according to a consultant psychiatrist.

Dr Fiona Blake from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford told a multidisciplinary conference on childbirth held at the Royal Society of Medicine last week that women who have had a difficult birth experience can fall prey to a syndrome similar to that …

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