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Canadian researchers report that the risk of postnatal or postpartum depression increases in women who are recent immigrants, have little or no support or have pregnancy-related high blood pressure. A study involving 500 mothers found that 30% had depression symptoms one week after delivery and 20% after 8 weeks. It is important to provide new mothers with support straight after the delivery.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Macleans
About: Risk factors for postnatal depression defined
Date: 13 December 2004
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