Assessment of the role of unplanned pregnancy in development of postnatal depression in the women referred to Qombased clinics 2015

فصلنامه پزشكي باروري و ناباروري

دوره 18 - شماره Suppl.1

Article Type: Original Article
Abstract: Background: Postnatal depression is a clinical syndrome that is more severe than postnatal sorrow and more effective on the family. Pregnancy might be one of the main events of familial and personal life of a woman. However, it is featured with specific health complicacy when it is not planned. The present paper is an attempt to determine the relationship between postnatal depression and unplanned pregnancy in the women referred to Qom-based clinics.
Methods: A case study was carried out on 240 women who had given birth to a baby in the past six months and referred to clinics seeking postnatal health care services. The subject was categorized in planned and unplanned pregnancy categories (n = 120). Data gathering tool was Edinburg’s standard postnatal delivery questionnaire. The collected data was analyzed in SPSS using square chi and independent ttest (p.
Result: Average age of the mothers in the experiment and control groups were 27.39 and 27.10 years respectively. Postnatal depression was found in 37.5% and 46.7% of the mothers in the control and experiment groups. Based on chi square test, there was no significant relationship between postnatal depression and unplanned pregnancy.
Conclusion: Although no relationship was found between unplanned pregnancy and postnatal depression, the depression was highly prevalent in the both groups. This hints the necessity to screen women after delivery in terms of postnatal delivery so that disturbance in family and social relationships and child care function is avoided or minimized at least.