Epidural During Delivery Can Reduce Postpartum Depression


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  • Circular Nautilus is more than a bookshelf: This smart book/reading product designed by Alice Bastian not only provides space to store books, but also your private reading corner where kids and adults alike can enjoy their book time, alone or together. It helps parents to encourage their kids in spending time over books rather than TV or a computer screen. As the author explains: “The Nautilus’ ascending pattern represents a reader’s growth, both physically and intellectually.” Made from light-colored wood and laminated shoji paper, the Nautilus can also be used as a room divider and allow for other spacial functions, especially for children.
  • Epidural during delivery can reduce postpartum depression: Based on statistics, up to 80 percent of new mothers experience some degree of emotional distress after childbirth. According to new study to be published in August in the journal  Anesthesia & Analgesia, women who receive an epidural during childbirth can substantially reduce their postpartum depression, The study involved 214 women; fifty percent of them received an epidural to reduce their pain during the vaginal delivery of their child. The results indicate that women who were given epidural during labor had a 14 percent rate of depression six weeks after delivery, compared to a nearly 35 percent rate of depression for those who did not receive epidural. The study results also indicated that women who attended childbirth classes during pregnancy and those women breastfed after labor  lowered their risk of postpartum depression. Breastfeeding was more common in the group that had an epidural for pain (70 percent) compared to those who did not (50 percent). As Katherine Wisner, M.D., a Northwestern Medicine perinatal psychiatrist explained: “It’s a huge omission that there has been almost nothing in postpartum depression research about pain during labor and delivery and postpartum depression. There is a well-known relationship between acute and chronic pain and depression.”
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