Pregnancy and childbirth

Postpartum Depression Traced To Pain During Childbirth

The researchers studied 214 women, 107 of whom received an epidural during labor per the patient’s request. Each of the 214 women were followed through six weeks postpartum. Researchers found that 14 percent of women who had the epidural had postpartum depression and 34.6 percent of women who didn’t have the epidural had postpartum depression. The study also noted that women who attended childbirth classes during pregnancy and who breastfed after delivery also had decreased risks of postpartum depression.
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