Women given general anesthesia twice as likely to experience post partum depression
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Women who have general anesthesia during C-sections are significantly more likely to experience postpartum depression resulting in hospitalization, suicidal thoughts, self-harm and anxiety, according to recent study.
This may be because general anesthesia during C-section deliveries can delay skin-to-skin interaction or breastfeeding from mother to infant, and can cause more acute postpartum pain.
‘These situations are often coupled with a new mother’s dissatisfaction with anesthesia in general, and can lead to negative mental health outcomes,’ said Jean Guglielminotti, MD, PhD, in the Department of Anesthesiology at Columbia University and lead author, in a statement.
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