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Policy, service, and training provision for women following a traumatic birth: an international knowledge mapping exercise


Gill Thomson

Magali Quillet Diop

Suzannah Stuijfzand

Antje Horsch

Joan G. Lalor

Wilson de Abreu


Barbara Baranowska

Pelin Dikmen-Yildiz

Wissam El Hage

Antje Horsch

Susan Garthus-Niegel

Ernesto Gonzalez Mesa

Eleni Hadjigeorgiou

Maria Healy

Figen Inci


Ljiljana Jeli?i?

Sigfridur Inga

Georgia Kontosorou

Patricia Leahy-Warren

Julia Leinweber

Sylvia Murphy Tighe

Ursula Nagle

Jessica Pehlke-Milde

Mirjana Sovilj

Claire Stramrood

Gill Thomson

Anastasia Topalidou

Maria W?grzynowska

COST After birth Consortium


Background: High numbers of women experience a traumatic birth, which can lead to childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder (CB-PTSD) onset, and negative and pervasive impacts for women, infants, and families. Policies, suitable service provision, and training are needed to identify and treat psychological morbidity following a traumatic birth experience, but currently there is little insight into whether and what is provided in different contexts. The aim of this knowledge mapping exercise was to map policy, service and training provision for women following a traumatic birth experience in different European countries. Methods: A survey was distributed as part of the COST Action "Perinatal mental health and birth-related trauma: Maximizing best practice and optimal outcomes". Questions were designed to capture country level data; care provision (i.e., national policies or guidelines for the screening, treatment and/or prevention of a traumatic birth, service provision), and nationally mandated pre-registration and post-registration training for maternity professionals.


Thomson, G., Diop, M. Q., Stuijfzand, S., Horsch, A., Lalor, J. G., de Abreu, W., …COST After birth Consortium. (2021). Policy, service, and training provision for women following a traumatic birth: an international knowledge mapping exercise. BMC Health Services Research, 21(1), Article 1206 (2021).

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 21, 2021
Online Publication Date Nov 6, 2021
Publication Date 2021-12
Deposit Date Nov 25, 2021
Publicly Available Date Nov 25, 2021
Journal BMC Health Services Research
Publisher BMC
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 1
Article Number 1206 (2021)
Keywords Traumatic birth, Services, Policy, Training, Education, Survey
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