Polly Moffat
Journal of Health Visiting, Vol. 6, Iss. 11, 19 Nov 2018, pp 525

A study published last month reported that the risk of developing postnatal depression (PND) is around 71-79% higher in mothers who have sons than those who have daughters. The research also found that women who experienced complications during labour were 174% more likely to experience PND compared to those women who had no complications (Myers and Johns, 2018).The lead researchers, Dr Sarah Johns and Dr Sarah Myers at the School ofAnthropology and Conservation at the University of Kent, said that recognising that both male infants and birth complications are risk factors for PND should help health professionals in identifying and supporting women who may by
more likely to develop this condition.

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