Some 1300 women completed depression assessments during pregnancy and through 12 months postpartum. Nearly 40% of women who experience depression in the 12 months after childbirth also suffer from intimate partner violence, according to the British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology. The authors emphasize the importance of assessing mental health regularly throughout the 12 months after childbirth. Intimate partner violence “may be an important factor for health professionals to consider” when treating women with postpartum depression.
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Journal Watch Psychiatry summary of 2010 study showing link between intimate partner violence during pregnancy and postpartum depression