Witnessing Childbirth Sends Many Dads into Post-traumatic Shock

by Savitha C Muppala on Apr 18 2013 8:14 AM

 Witnessing Childbirth Sends Many Dads into Post-traumatic Shock
Research has revealed that some dads are quite alarmed by the birth experiences of their partners, that they suffer post-traumatic stress disorder.
Fathers are mentally affected if their partner experiences life-threatening complications during childbirth.

In a particular case, a partner was deeply anguished by his partner’s delivery that he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and unable to work. Even though seven years had gone by since the birth of his child, the man is still unemployed. He continues to suffer from memories of the trauma experienced by his partner during childbirth.

Professor Marian Knight, who headed the research team, said that men experience and suffer very crucial memories of their children's birth since they know what is going on and are often a witness to the experience.

"Many of these emergencies happen during labour or immediately after," Professor Knight said. "And while everyone is running around looking after mum, it can affect dads too. For the dads, it's extremely vivid because they are fully aware of what's going on."


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