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Women’s health and midwifery
Grounded theory approach describes individual and external factors implicated in processing a work-related traumatic event in midwives and obstetricians
  1. Kayleigh Sheen1,
  2. Pauline Slade2
  1. 1 Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University Faculty of Science, Liverpool, UK
  2. 2 Institute of Population Health Sciences, University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kayleigh Sheen, Natural Sciences and Psychology, Liverpool John Moores University Faculty of Science, Liverpool L3 3AF, UK; K.S.Sheen{at}

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Commentary on: Wahlberg A, Högberg U, Emmelin M. The erratic pathway to regaining a professional self-image after an obstetric work-related trauma—a grounded theory study. Int J Nurs Stud 2018.

Implications for practice and research

  • Findings highlight the role of external (response from families, colleagues and wider perspectives) and internal factors (processing emotions, acceptance and looking to the future) following an obstetric work-related trauma.

  • There is a requirement to develop effective methods of preparing and supporting maternity professionals in the context of severe work-related experiences.


There is emerging international interest in the psychological well-being of maternity professionals who may encounter serious or adverse events involving recipients of their care. A proportion of maternity professionals will develop post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a serious adverse event in the workplace.1 2 Studies have highlighted associations between PTSD and increased burnout with implications for …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.