Study Finds Mothers in Large Cities are More Vulnerable to Post-Partum Depression

This article was last updated on April 16, 2022

A recently released new study has calculated that mothers residing in large cities of Canada are vulnerable and at higher risk of post-partum depression in comparison to mothers residing in less populated areas. Mothers experience post-partum depression soon after they give birth. The report concluded that while it’s still unclear on why some new mothers are affected by it and not others, it has found that risk factors include a history of depression and lack of social support.                                               

The latest study included statistics of almost 6,500 new mothers found from 2006 national survey, which concluded that the overall prevalence of post-partum depression is about 7.5 per cent. However, when the statistics were categorized among mothers living in cities with a population of at least 500,000, it was found that almost 10 per cent reported having experienced post-partum depression. Upon comparison with new mothers in rural areas, the figure decreased down to six per cent, which was seven per cent in semi-rural areas and about five per cent in semi-urban areas.

The author of the report commented that “the risk factors for post-partum depression (including history of depression, social support and immigration status) that were unequally distributed across geographic regions accounted for most of the variance in the rates of post-partum depression.” The lead researcher and a psychiatrist at Women’s College Hospital, Dr. Simone Vigod, highlighted that it’s important to identify the victims of the depression as it can lead to tragic consequences. It was alleged that “this is a treatable illness and we can prevent or reverse problems that are starting to develop.”

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