According to a recent study published in the Archives of Women’s Mental Health reports that women who have a negative perception of their childbirth are more likely to experience elevated symptoms of postpartum anxiety but not postpartum depression.  This study was carried out in the United Kingdom and was part of the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children.

Bell AF, Carter CS, Davis JM, Golding J, Adejumo O, Pyra M, Connelly JJ, Rubin LH.  Childbirth and symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety: a prospective birth cohort study.  Arch Womens Ment Health. 2016 Apr;19(2):219-27.

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Negative View of Birth Experience Found to Be Associated With Elevated Postpartum Anxiety (Psychiatric News Alert)