There is another new study confirming that support during the prenatal and postpartum period decreases the risk of postpartum depression. In the study, “Prenatal Social Support, Postnatal Social Support, and Postpartum Depression”, the group from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ottawa, Canada
In their conclusion: the risk of postpartum depression is higher with lower or lack of social support.
Keep in mind, having the social support is part of the equation. Accessing it, making use of it, and asking for help is another part.
Reference: Ann Epidemiol. 2009 May 12. [Epub ahead of print]Click here to read
Prenatal Social Support, Postnatal Social Support, and Postpartum Depression.
Xie RH, He G, Koszycki D, Walker M, Wen SW.