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Facebook groups for traumatic birth: exploring women’s experiences of digital peer support

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What we are doing:

This study aims to explore women’s experiences of participating in Facebook groups following a traumatic birth.  We are conducting interviews with three groups of women: those who are administrators or moderators of a Facebook group for people who have had traumatic birth experiences, those who currently use a group like this and those who have used a group previously, but no longer do.  

Why we are doing it: 

Many women in the UK experience childbirth as traumatic and this can have a significant impact on their lives. Increasingly, people affected by traumatic birth experiences access online support communities, such as Facebook groups, yet there is currently very little information about women’s experiences of these. 

What the benefits will be:

This study is the first of its kind to explore women’s experiences of participating in online support communities on Facebook in the context of traumatic childbirth. Current NHS strategy prioritises improvements to perinatal mental healthcare and maternity service provision and encourages the development of digital technologies. This research will contribute to emerging evidence in these key areas.

Who we are working with:

Professor Helen Spiby and Associate Professor Dr Phoebe Pallotti from the Division of Midwifery, University of Nottingham and Professor Neil Coulson from the School of Medicine, University of Nottingham.


Serena Cox


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