The need to talk after birth: evaluating new services
Part of the Midwifery Practice book series (MIPRA)
There has been a growing interest in providing women with the opportunity to discuss their birth experience, and many new initiatives have been set up to address this. In part, this is the result of an awareness that some women continue to have unresolved emotional distress linked to the birth. In addition, there is an increased appreciation that it is the woman’s perception of the labour and birth, rather than how the birth is assessed by care-givers, that is of importance (Crompton 1996a, 1996b). In this chapter, we explore how these themes are related, considering the material under three headings:
Figure 2.1 is intended to illustrate the linked topics that underpin this complex area.
Women’s varied needs for information and discussion about birth events;
The current range of services being offered;
The need for evaluation of what is being offered.
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