SPOTLIGHT: Dealing with post-birth PTSD

When "post-traumatic-stress disorder" is mentioned, people typically think of combat veterans and crime victims. However, of late the medical community has begun to consider a new form of the illness--PTSD related to childbirth. When women have a very painful or complicated labor and delivery in which they believe they or their baby might die, woman can develop the condition. While it's not extremely common, it seems that this condition isn't rare, either, with 9 percent of women in one survey of 900 U.S. mothers meeting the criteria for the condition. Article

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