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Delineating the Association Between Mode of Delivery and Postpartum Depression Symptoms

A Longitudinal Study

Eckerdal, P.; Georgakis, M.K.; Kollia, N.; Wikström, A.K.; Högberg, U.; Skalkidou, A.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000547320.86848.da
Mother, Fetus, Neonate

(Acta Obstet Gynecol Scand. 2018;97:301–311)

Postpartum depression (PPD) affects around 10% to 20% of parturients. The main risk factors for PPD include presence of antepartum depression, history of psychiatric illness, low self-esteem, stressful life events, and the lack of social support. Research has also been performed investigating associations between factors such as mode of delivery, discrepancy between desired delivery mode and actual mode, and negative delivery experience and the development of PPD. Studies investigating mode of delivery and PPD have produced conflicting results. The aim of this longitudinal study was to unravel the association between mode of delivery and the risk of PPD, taking into account potential mediators and confounders, such as sociodemographic factors, psychiatric history, fear of delivery, delivery experience, and postpartum physical symptoms and complications.

Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden

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