Latest Maternity blues Stories

2011-12-07 14:42:05

Forty percent of women who report depressive symptoms following birth also reported intimate partner violence finds a new study published today (7 December) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The study also found that most of the women reporting postnatal depressive symptoms first reported this at six months after birth or later. Intimate partner violence (both physical and emotional abuse) in the perinatal period is associated with a range of physical and...

2010-06-16 10:05:02

How postpartum depression arises and how it could be prevented Within the first week after giving birth, up to 70 percent of all women experience symptoms of the baby blues. While most women recover quickly, up to 13 percent of all new mothers suffer from symptoms of a clinical-level postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is defined as a major depressive episode starting within 4 weeks after delivery and is a significant public health problem. Postpartum blues represents a major risk...

2009-02-02 13:12:43

 Women who have higher levels of a hormone produced by the placenta midway through pregnancy appear more likely to develop postpartum depression, a study authored by a UC Irvine researcher finds.The discovery could help identify and treat women at risk for postpartum depression long before the onset of symptoms.Ilona Yim, psychology and social behavior assistant professor, and colleagues found that women whose levels of corticotrophin-releasing hormone started to increase more rapidly...

2009-01-20 08:48:10

Roughly 13 percent of women suffer from postnatal depression in the year after they give birth, but new information shows women can be effectively identified and treated. Postnatal depression frequently goes undetected and untreated, often because the symptoms are not recognized or because mothers fear being stigmatized or aren't aware of treatment options exist. Antidepressants have been shown to be effective in treating the condition, but oftentimes women do not want to take drugs,...

2008-07-11 00:00:30

A U.S. psychologist says emotional swings in new moms -- called the baby blues -- are quite common. Dr. Anna Brandon -- staff psychologist of the Women's Mental Health Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas -- said symptoms include crying spells, sadness, irritability and difficulty sleeping. A woman who has just given birth experiences hormonal changes which may compound stressors such as financial or relationship problems, anxiety about motherhood or a...

2005-06-23 22:05:00

Study finds father's 'baby blues' negatively affect child Postnatal depression among mothers is a well-known occurrence, but fathers can suffer from it, too. Now, a new study finds that children whose fathers experienced postnatal depression face increased risks of behavioral and emotional problems in early life. "The influence of fathers in very early childhood might have been underestimated in the past," write researchers at the University of Oxford in Britain. "Although our findings need...

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