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Women's experiences of postnatal distress: a qualitative study

Coates, R., Ayers, S. & de Visser, R. (2014). Women's experiences of postnatal distress: a qualitative study. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth, 14, 359. doi: 10.1186/1471-2393-14-359


Women can experience a range of psychological problems after birth, including anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders. However, research has predominantly focused on depression. Qualitative work on women's experiences of postnatal mental health problems has sampled women within particular diagnostic categories so not looked at the range of potential psychological problems. The aims of this study were to explore how women experienced and made sense of the range of emotional distress states in the first postnatal year.

Publication Type: Article
Publisher Keywords: Postnatal anxiety; Postnatal depression; Childbirth; Birth trauma; Breastfeeding
Subjects: R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Departments: School of Health & Psychological Sciences > Nursing
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