Rachel Dryer, Robyn Brunton

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In this final chapter, our aim was to reflect on the important ideas emerging from the chapters in this book. A summary of the ideas contained in each chapter is presented along with identification of the common themes presented by the authors. A core theme that arose from the majority of chapters is that of pregnancy being a ‘critical period’ during which healthcare professionals and clinicians have the valuable opportunity to assist in resolving unresolved maternal trauma in individuals with child abuse histories before they become parents. The provision of (a) the opportunity to resolve maternal trauma and (b) trauma-informed perinatal care to avoid re-traumatization was regarded as key to better well-being outcomes for pregnant individuals with child abuse histories. Lastly, we propose a structured model on the determinants of well-being of child abuse survivors that pulled together the important thoughts presented by the chapter authors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPerinatal care and considerations for survivors of child abuse
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and opportunities
EditorsRobyn Brunton, Rachel Dryer
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9783031336393
ISBN (Print)9783031336386
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2023


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