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A pilot study of postnatal depression following caesarean section using two retrospective self-rating instruments

Authors
Journal
Journal of Psychosomatic Research
0022-3999
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
38
Issue
2
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0022-3999(94)90084-1

Abstract

Abstract In a retrospective comparison study of rates of postnatal depression using two self-rating instruments, a significantly higher incidence of postnatal depression was found among subjects who had undergone Caesarean section than in those who had a vaginal delivery. The excess of cases of postnatal depression among the Caesarean subjects appeared to consist of a milder illness which started sooner after delivery. Following Caesarean section, there was a significant association between postnatal depression and general, but not regional, anaesthesia.

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