What is current practice in offering debriefing services to post partum women and what are the perceptions of women in accessing these services: a critical review of the literature

Baxter, Jacqueline, McCourt, Christine and Jarrett, Patricia (2014) What is current practice in offering debriefing services to post partum women and what are the perceptions of women in accessing these services: a critical review of the literature. Midwifery, 30 (2). pp. 194-219. ISSN 0266-6138

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Abstract

Objective: The main research question is to describe current practice in offering debriefing services to postpartum women and learn about the perceptions of women accessing these services.

Design: Critical review of the literature using a meta ethnography approach.

Findings: Twenty papers were identified. These included four surveys, three qualitative studies, one mixed methods study and three literature reviews. Nine randomised controlled trials (RCTs) provided additional information from alongside surveys and description of interventions. Two types of debriefing were identified: structured and unstructured. The more formal psychoanalytic forms took place within the RCTs whilst the unstructured discussion sessions commonly with midwives were identified in other research papers. In addition there is confusion amongst service providers about the nature of debriefing and what is delivered. Various aspects of providing a postnatal debriefing service were identified including the optimal timing, specific groups offered debriefing and the number of sessions offered.

Postnatal debriefing enabled women to have their birth experiences validated by talking and being listened to and being provided with information. Finally from the limited literature identified relating to midwives’ perceptions of postnatal debriefing there was an overall feeling from midwives that they considered it to be beneficial to women.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education > Adult, Child and Midwifery
Item ID: 15886
Depositing User: Patricia Jarrett
Date Deposited: 11 May 2015 15:36
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2017 13:21
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/15886

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