1999 issue 3

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Volume 8, issue 3

Orzecznictwo sądowo-psychiatryczne

Opinion on a

Danuta Hajdukiewicz1
1. Kliniki Psychiatrii Sądowej IPiN w Pruszkowie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1999, 8, 307-315
Keywords: infanticide, perinatal shock, acute stress response

Abstract

The author presented her views on the impact of childbirth on the mother committing infanticide. In her opinion perinatal shock is equivalent to the acute stress disorder (by the criteria of the classification currently in force). The transient mental disorder being a response to the stress of childbirth may persist from over ten hours to three days in some cases. The onset of the acute stress response called perinatal shock is facilitated by a coincidence of other detrimental factors including a major malformation of the newborn or the mother's difficult personal situation. If the above-mentioned factors occur later than at the time of childbirth, their impact on the mother's mental stale should be assessed with view to the nature and severity of her disorders as well as to their possible effect on her accountability.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Danuta Hajdukiewicz, Klinika Psychiatrii Sądowej IPiN,
ul. Partyzantów 2/4, 05-802 Pruszków