Open Access Research Article Article ID: ADA-2-114

    Labor Epidural Analgesia and Postpartum Depression

    Catherine D Tobin*, Sylvia H Wilson, Latha Hebbar, Laura L Roberts, Bethany J Wolf and Constance Guille

    Introduction: Epidural labor analgesia may decrease the risk of postpartum depression (PPD).

    Methods: In a secondary analysis of a prospective study, the association between  epidural utilization and PPD was evaluated using a Fisher’s exact test. PPD was defined  as an Edinburgh Postnatal Depression score of >  10 at 6-8 weeks postpartum.

    Results: 20% (13/65) of women meet criteria for PDD. 24% (n=12/50) of women who received epidural labor analgesia developed PPD, compared to 6.7% (n=1/15) of women who did not receive epidural labor analgesia (P  = 0.27).

    Conclusions: Labor epidural analgesia did not reduce the risk of postpartum depression.


    Published on: Nov 14, 2016 Pages: 44-46

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/2455-5460.000014
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