Posted by Jeanne Batacan, a resident of the Blossom Valley neighborhood, on Aug 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm
I am concerned about the issue of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder caused by our current (standard) medical model of care. There is a growing and alarming rise in iatrogenic PSTD related to childbirth and the typical care she receives (which according to research is sub-optimal).
There may be a conflict of interest involved when a hospital, that may be the source of a woman's disorder, tries to treat it.
It seems to me that the powers that be would discourage the therapists from addressing the issue due to potential liability issues.
I know from experience that this is true for the vast majority of hospital based childbirth education programs. Most instructors are
denied autonomy to teach mother-friendly, evidence-based courses because the hospital practice is not aligned.
If autonomy is not ASSURED in a treatment program, I believe the patient would be better off in a private non-affiliated center with therapists knowledgeable in treating childbirth related PSTD.