Postpartum depression, also known as postnatal depression, is a form of depression that occurs in the days, weeks or months after childbirth. It can have profound effects on parents, infants and wider family. The prevalence of postpartum depression has been estimated in recently delivered women at between 10 and 15 percent internationally, though far fewer women than this receive treatment. Identifying postpartum depression is a key concern for maternal healthcare professionals.


Postpartum depression can affect women in different ways. The symptoms can begin soon after the birth and last for several months. Approximately half of all cases of postpartum depression start within the first three-and-three-quarters months within the first six months after childbirth. There is some evidence to suggest that its initial onset may occur beyond ...

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