Education in Trauma-Informed Care in Maternity Settings Can Promote Mental Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Sue Hall, Amina White, Jerasimos Ballas, Sage N. Saxton, Allison Dempsey, Karen Saxer

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Abstract

Globally, the pandemic has adversely affected many people's mental health, including pregnant women and clinicians who provide maternity care, and threatens to develop into a mental health pandemic. Trauma-informed care is a framework that takes into account the effect that past trauma can have on current behavior and the ability to cope and can help to minimize retraumatization during health care encounters. The purpose of this article is to highlight the pressing need for perinatal clinicians, including nurses, midwives, physicians, doulas, nurse leaders, and nurse administrators, to be educated about the principles of trauma-informed care so that they can support the mental health of pregnant women, themselves, and members of the care team during the pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)340-351
Number of pages12
JournalJOGNN - Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • health care disparities
  • maternity care
  • mental health
  • nursing
  • pandemic
  • posttraumatic
  • racial bias
  • stress disorders
  • trauma-informed care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics
  • Critical Care
  • Maternity and Midwifery

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