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Caesarean births 'raise risk of post-natal depression' in new mums

July 11, 2011 - London

A study has found that a woman's risk of post-natal depression increases substantially if she has a Caesarean section, and that the dangers are even greater when it is "elective".

Researchers believe the results could be due to the time it takes to recover from the procedure, but added they may also be caused by a "sense of failure and a loss of control", felt when surgeons deliver a baby, the Daily Mail reported.

The study from the National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan of more than 10,000 mothers in the country found that those who did not have a Caesarean were a third less likely to experience post-natal depression.

The researchers also found that within the Caesarean group women were 48 percent more likely to experience depression if they had a planned procedure, rather than an emergency one.


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