The relationship between birth satisfaction, posttraumatic stress disorder and postnatal depression symptoms in Croatian women

Nakić Radoš, Sandra, Martinić, Laura, Matijaš, Marijana, Brekalo, Maja and Martin, Colin (2021) The relationship between birth satisfaction, posttraumatic stress disorder and postnatal depression symptoms in Croatian women. Stress and Health. ISSN 1532-3005

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Abstract

Studies show that a woman's dissatisfaction with her birth experience may affect her well-being. This study aimed to examine: (1) the birth satisfaction in Croatian women and compare it with UK normative data; (2) the association of different dimensions of birth satisfaction with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and depressive symptoms. In a cross-sectional online study, 603 postnatal Croatian women completed the Birth Satisfaction Scale-Revised (subscales: Stress experienced during labour (SL), Women's personal attributes (WA), and Quality of care provision (QC)); City Birth Trauma Scale (subscales: Birth-related symptoms and General symptoms); and Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale. Subscale and total scale scores were calculated. Path analysis tested the model of three aspects of birth satisfaction effect on PTSD dimensions and depressive symptoms. The average birth satisfaction score was significantly lower compared to the UK data on the total scale and all three subscale scores. Path analysis revealed that all three dimensions of birth satisfaction (SL, WA, and QC) had an effect on Birth-related symptoms. However, only Women's personal attributes (i.e., feeling anxiety or being in control during childbirth) had an effect on General symptoms and depressive symptoms, as well. Different aspects of birth satisfaction are important for maternal mental health following childbirth.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: childbirth, birth satisfaction, posttraumatic stress disorder, postnatal depression, Quality of care
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Health & Science > Department of Health Studies
Depositing User: David Upson-Dale
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2021 12:13
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2021 12:13
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/2115

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