Post-traumatic stress disorder from childbirth occurs with alarming frequency, study finds

Post-traumatic stress disorder from childbirth occurs with alarming frequency, study finds

Two and a half years after childbirth, the 32-year-old first-time mother from western Sydney is still undergoing surgery for a fourth-degree tear of her perineum she sustained when doctors performed a vacuum delivery. She underwent six hours of emergency repair surgery, had five blood transfusions, three further operations and is still dealing with a rectovaginal fistula. Mrs Hicks said there had also been significant psychological damage.

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