HI Mary,
I remember reading about that research and being surprised. I have discussed it with the psych nurse employed where I work, who spends time nearly every day with women who have experienced traumatic births (or perceived them to be even when we might not have called them such). She feels it does help. Even one visit can help women who want to understand what happened to them and why. Some require much more, and thankfully our maternity support workers are great with these women. However, it is a tragedy that we need to have these workers. They do also work with antenatal and postnatal depression.
I can't remember the specifics, but I don't recall being particularly impressed with the methodology of the study that you mention. And if women want to talk about their experience they should be able to, whether it is formal debriefing or whatever. I suppose you don't want to treat all women the same, ie what is appropriate debriefing for one woman, would not necessarily work for another. If you did try to treat them the same it would not be surprising if it did not work.
Nicole Carver.
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I believe there is some research out there that looked at de-briefing women after birth, particularly traumatic births.  As I remember it, the research did not show that this debriefing had particularly helpful outcomes.  Of course it is all in the Who, the When and the How.  Does anyone remember it?  Mary Murphy


Andrea wrote:

Any suggestions. Should all women have a follow up appointment with the midwife who was at her birth, is this appropriate as they may have been part of the problem, should all women have a follow up appointment but the woman be allowed to choose who she wants the appointment with, at what stage would this be appropriate, 2 weeks, 8 weeks 3 months? How does this fit with the M&CH nurses who are now involved in the woman's on going care? How does her doctor, be it her own GP, obst or the one who attended (or not) her birth  be involved in this? 


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