Between one month and one year after childbirth, 16.8% of new mothers present with symptoms of PP-PTSD, and 4% to 6.3% of women actually develop it. High-risk groups are particularly susceptible, presenting with PP-PTSD rates of 18.95%. A combination of risk factors prior to and just after birth are capable of predicting this diagnosis before it develops, and preventative treatments exist which could preclude the condition altogether. However, neither risk factor identification nor prevention is currently universal in practice.
This video reports on a recent randomized controlled trial by Horsch et al. (2017). This study documents a simple neurosensory approach to preventing the development of PP-PTSD among newly delivered mothers (via emergency C-section). Research outcomes demonstrated that only 4.2% of the intervention group reached PP-PTSD criteria vs. 30.4% of the control group. A simple visuospatial cognitive activity (like Tetris) has the ability to prevent PP-PTSD at the rate of 14 to 1. It is clear that this Visuospatial Cognitive intervention is preventative, fast, long-lasting, effective, and extremely cost-effective.
Horsch, A., Vial, Y., Favrod, C., Harari, M. M., Blackwell, S. E., Watson, P., … & Holmes, E. A. (2017). Reducing intrusive traumatic memories after emergency caesarean section: A proof-of-principle randomized controlled study. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 94, 36-47. doi:10.1016/j.brat.2017.03.018