Fear of childbirth linked to postpartum depression, study finds

January 6, 2014 5:20 AM

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Fear of childbirth linked to postpartum depression, study finds

Although a history of depression among expectant mothers remains the greatest single risk factor for postpartum depression, a new study finds that fear of childbirth may also predispose some women to the condition.

In a paper published Friday in the journal BMJ Open, researchers concluded that fear of childbirth increases the risk of postpartum depression about threefold in women without a history of depression, and fivefold in women with known depressive disease.

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