- 4 years ago
- Wedding: February 2013
“Study participants whose pain was managed during labor had a 14-percent rate of depression at six weeks after delivery, compared to a nearly 35-percent rate of depression for those who did not have the pain relief. The study also found that women who attended childbirth classes during pregnancy and those who breastfed after labor lowered their risk of postpartum depression. Breastfeeding was more common in the group who had an epidural for pain (70 percent) compared to those who did not (50 percent).
The study, which will be published in the August issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, involved 214 women, half of whom were given an epidural to reduce their pain during the vaginal delivery of their child. The other 107 participants were not given any pain medication during delivery. The mental statuses of all study participants were examined three days after delivery and again six weeks after delivery using an established postnatal depression scale.”
What do you think of this study?
I think there are so many factors that can play into PPD that it would be hard to prove that the epidural is the main factor. I was surprised that the numbers for BFing were higher for those that had an epidural. Still, interesting study. I had an epidural and LOVED it.