Epidurals reduce the chances of post-natal depression
Researchers found that women who had an epidural during childbirth were 14% more likely to develop depression six weeks after birth. However, this percentage rose to 35% for those who didn’t choose to relieve the pain.
The Chinese research also found that breastfeeding was more common in the group who had an epidural (70%) compared to 50 per cent of women who didn’t have this method of relief, as Daily Mail reports.
Dr. Katherine Wisner, a perinatal psychiatrist at Northwestern University in the US, says: “Whether it’s vaginal or caesarean section delivery, pain control during and after the birth is an issue for all new mothers. There is no way to have a delivery without pain. The objective here is to avoid severe pain”.
Finally, she added the study’s findings, published in the journal Anesthesia & Analgesia, are among the few to examine the relationship between pain during labor and postpartum depression.