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Implications for practice and research
Aspects of midwives’ work are traumatic. Previous personal traumatic experiences place midwives at risk for post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms.
Witnessing trauma diminishes empathy, adversely impacting on care.
Reducing unnecessary obstetric interventions can prevent trauma to women and midwives.
Perinatal trauma is a preventable occupational health risk requiring research on effective prevention and support interventions. Models of maternity service delivery such as provision of continuity of midwifery care may be protective and should be investigated.
There is increasing recognition that witnessing traumatic events, as well as caring for traumatised individuals, …
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