Researchers from NUI Galway are seeking first time mothers to take part in an online study looking at how birth experience impacts maternal wellbeing.
The study will be looking to see how far childbirth can have an enduring psychological impact on women.
A previous study, carried out in 2017, by Dr Veronica Byrne at the School of Psychology in NUI Galway highlighted how birth experiences can impact on mental health and self-identity of women.
Following on from this study, Noelle Sammon from the School of Psychology is now carrying out new research on the subject.
“Image what it must be like to feel like no one is listening to you, or they are not communicating what is happening to your body and your child. This might occur because the focus is on saving lives in an emergency childbirth situation.
“Psychologically, the impact of this more urgent and distressing birth experience can be traumatic and can have far-reaching consequences in terms of emotional and psychological wellbeing. Imagine the impact of not being included in decisions about your body.”
The research team’s main focus of the research is to explore how control and support during childbirth might impact mental health in terms of trauma and mood.
Deputy Director of the Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Programme and Supervisor of the research at NUI Galway, Dr Jonathan Egan, added: “For some it can result in tokophobia or fear of childbirth and women will avoid having sex in case they might get pregnant again, they keep their thoughts and fears to themselves, so talking about them is the first step to recovery.”
Researchers are looking for first time mothers with infants between the ages of one and 13 months.
More information on the research ‘The influence of support and control on the relationship between sense of self and trauma following childbirth in first time mothers’ can be found here.
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