Understanding the relationship between cesarean birth and stress, anxiety, and depression after childbirth: A nationwide cohort study

Authors: Chen H-H, Lai JC-Y, Hwang S-J, Huang N, Chou Y-J, Chien L-Y.

Source: Birth. 2017;00:1-8. https://doi.org/10.1111/birt.12295

Background

Women who undergo cesarean birth might have an increased risk for poor mental health after childbirth, possibly because of maternal and neonatal physical problems, low parental confidence, and decreased levels of oxytocin. However, this relationship remains controversial and requires further examination. The study aimed to examine the effect of cesarean birth on postpartum stress, anxiety, and depression.

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