Operative delivery and postnatal depression: a cohort study BMJ Online First
Elective caesarean section does not protect women from postnatal depression, according to a study published on bmj.com today. Furthermore, neither emergency caesarean section nor assisted vaginal delivery (use of forceps or vacuum extraction) is associated with an increased risk of postnatal depression.
These findings challenge the theory that women at risk of postnatal depression should be managed differently, and should also help women make informed decisions about childbirth. Over 14,000 pregnant women completed a questionnaire eight weeks after giving birth to a single infant at full term. Postnatal depression was also assessed using a recognised scale. There was no evidence that elective caesarean section altered the odds of postnatal depression compared with planned vaginal delivery.
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