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Professor Debra Bick

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Characterisation and impact of maternal mental and physical morbidity following severe birth-related perineal trauma


Women who sustain the most severe forms of perineal trauma when giving birth (Obstetric Anal Sphincter Injuries – OASI) suffer life-long mental and physical morbidity, particularly in cases when the physical injury was not diagnosed immediately following birth. Persistent symptoms can include PTSD, depression and anxiety, physical pain and incontinence which impacts on women’s daily lives, relationships, employment and plans for future pregnancies. This study will explore the extent of co-morbidity following OASI, explore how best to support women who suffer severe injury and use findings to develop a postnatal pathway of care following OASI.


Physical Health and Mental Health Multimorbidity


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