Not surprising: New study published in Feb 2010 issue of Women’s Health Issues suggests that although all new mothers from various socioeconomic levels are at risk for postpartum depression, certain factors such as low education, low incomes, single, unemployed where shown to increase the risk of PPD.

Healthcare practitioners should be alert to these risk factors and help patients fortify their resources as best as possible.

Reference: Goyal, D., Gay, C., & Lee, KA. (2010) How much does low socioeconomic status increase the risk of prenatal and postpartum depressive symptoms in first-time mothers?, Womens Health Issues. California State University, San Jose, School of Nursing, San Jose, California.

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