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Labor Analgesia as a Predictor for Reduced Postpartum Depression Scores

A Retrospective Observational Study

Lim, G.; Farrell, L.M.; Facco, F.L.; Gold, M.S.; Wasan, A.D.

doi: 10.1097/01.aoa.0000547291.78400.9e
Epidemiologic Reports Surveys

(Anesth Analg. 2018;126:1598–1605)

There is an established association between chronic pain and depression in nonobstetric populations. However, only a few studies in obstetric patients have examined the possible association between labor pain and postpartum depression (PPD), the latter of which places mothers and infants at risk for suicide, infanticide, and developmental/behavioral problems. Consequently, the authors of the present study assess whether or not the use of effective epidural analgesia during labor is associated with reduced PPD symptomatology.

Department of Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

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