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Women’s health and midwifery
Psychological trauma in postpartum women who experienced maternity care during the stringent COVID-19 pandemic restrictions
  1. Magalie L Alcindor
  1. Nursing, York College, Jamaica, New York, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Magalie L Alcindor, Nursing, York College, Jamaica, NY 11451, USA; MAlcindor{at}

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Commentary on: Sanders J and Blaylock R. “Anxious and traumatized”: Users’ experiences of maternity care in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. Midwifery 2021;102. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2021.103069.

Implications for practice and research

  • Clinicians can use these findings to prioritise the return to visitor’s access in organisation of maternity services in the ‘new normal’ post pandemic.

  • Evidence-based research are needed to discover the findings of short-term and long-term impact from visitor restrictions on families.


There is a growing body of evidence supporting the emotional, psychological and physical trauma inflicted on women who experienced visitor restrictions while receiving maternity care after 11 March 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic.1 The study employed the quantitative and qualitative format to demonstrate the number of women who experienced this trauma from the implementation of visitor’s restrictions in the UK maternity ward.1


The researchers conducted an …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.