Postpartum depression can affect up to 10-20% of all mothers in general, but there is a category of women particularly prone to this condition. These are the mothers of those children who, immediately after birth, are sent to the intensive care unit because of illnesses or malformations, prematurity or all of these at once. Most newborns with serious health problems now survive due to medical advances, but nevertheless constant stress leads to the fact that among their mothers the proportion of those who suffer from postpartum depression increases dramatically and can reach 45-70%.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists was called upon to pay special attention to women whose children had to be actively treated after birth. Doctors, according to experts, should be especially careful in such cases and, within three weeks after giving birth, must visit them at least once in order to identify possible deviations of the psyche in time.
Postpartum depression can be repeated
Earlier in the University of Mercer (Mercer University, USA), a survey was conducted among mothers whose newborn children were in intensive care. Women were interested in what factors were most stressful for them. It turned out that they did not feel enough support from the medical staff and other mothers and in general felt themselves to be alien. In addition, the hospitals themselves were not adapted to full-fledged finding of mothers with children in them, and women had to part with newborns more often and for a longer time than they would like. Breastfeeding at the same time reduced the risk of depression. A study of 300 babies and their parents showed that after returning from the intensive care unit, 45% of families complained of anxiety and depression. These indicators can actually be higher.