The postpartum period is among the most intense in a mother's life. But it is also a moment of great vulnerability, which can be accompanied by real psychic suffering. For the first time in France, researchers studied the mental health of mothers two months after giving birth. Their work, published in the Weekly Epidemiological Bulletin, shows that on average 16.7% of them are affected by postpartum depression (PPD), that more than a quarter suffer from anxiety, and that one in twenty women would face suicidal thoughts in the first months of postpartum.
The team led by Nolwenn Regnault, head of the Perinatal, Early Childhood and Mental Health Unit at Public Health France, worked on data collected during the last National Perinatal Study (NPE) in 2021. This large-scale study is conducted every five to six years on a representative sample of women who gave birth in France during the same study.
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