Postnatal PTSD: A guide for health professionals

02 December 2022
Volume 30 · Issue 12

The title is explicitly clear and by the end of the book you will know about postnatal post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a variety of angles. Postnatal PTSD is a relatively new concept, having been written about since the mid- 1990s, making this book a useful resource for all midwifery practitioners, including students and obstetric colleagues, in a time when mental health conditions are being more widely recognised and discussed.

Some of the information in the book is not easy to read; reading that midwives being unkind leading to postnatal PTSD made me reflect on my care and the care I give. The overall book is easy to read, with clear chapters and subsections. The book could be read cover to cover or dipped into for specific knowledge using the subject index. The book not only investigates the birthing person's perspective but also the family's, and looks at how postnatal PTSD can influence bonding and relationships.

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