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Oral Presentation XIII: "Mother-infant Bonding and Infant Development within The Context of Maternal Childbirth-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms"
Time:
Tuesday, 22/Nov/2022:
4:15pm - 4:30pm


Presenting Author: Sella Devita

Location: Auditorium Tissot


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Mother-infant Bonding and Infant Development within The Context of Maternal Childbirth-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms

Sella Devita1, Camille Deforges1, Myriam Bickle-Graz2, Vania Sandoz1,3, Antje Horsch1,4

1Institute of Higher Education and Research in Healthcare (IUFRS), University of Lausanne and Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland; 2Development Unit, Department Woman-Mother-Child, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland; 3Department Woman-Mother-Child, Child Abuse and Neglect Team, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland; 4Neonatalogy Unit, Department Woman-Mother-Child, Lausanne University Hospital, Lausanne, Switzerland

Introduction

Traumatic childbirth can lead to childbirth-related posttraumatic stress disorder (CB-PTSD). Consequently, this mental health disorder can disrupt mother-infant bonding and infant development. Despite this assumption about the impact of CB-PTSD symptoms on the mother and infant, available studies investigated this issue are scarce with mixed results. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between maternal CB-PTSD symptoms and mother-infant bonding, and to assess the associations between maternal CB-PTSD symptoms and infant development.

Method

The population was French-speaking mother-infant dyads (n=47) of the control group of a RCT study to prevent PTSD following emergency cesarean (NCT 03576586). We only include infants born at term. Instruments used to measure maternal CB-PTSD symptoms was PTSD Checklist for DSM-5, and to measure bonding was Mother-Infant Bonding Scale. We collected data on these two variables at 6 weeks and 6 months postpartum. Infant development was assessed with Bayley Scales of Infant Development, 3rd edition at 6 months postpartum. Additionally, data on sociodemographic and medical were collected via questionnaire and extracted from hospital medical records.

Results

Data analysis is currently ongoing. Association between CB-PTSD symptoms and mother-infant bonding and infant development will be examined cross-sectionally and prospectively at 6 weeks postpartum and 6 months postpartum using linear regressions.

Conclusions

This study will contribute to a better understanding of mother-infant bonding and infant development of the mothers who experienced CB-PTSD symptoms. Thus, provide a basis for the development of interventions to improve mother-infant bonding and the outcomes of infant development.



 
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