Examining the association between subjective childbirth experience and maternal mental health at six months postpartum

Soledad Coo, María Ignacia García, Andrea Mira

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Problem: Childbirth experience can have long-lasting effects on maternal wellbeing. Background: Positive childbirth experiences may strengthen maternal self-confidence, in contrast, negativeexperiences may promote a sense of failure or distrust. Aim: To examine the contribution of maternal hospital childbirth experience on mental health at 6 months postpartum in a community-based, Chilean sample. An additional aim is to examine which childbirth-related aspects contribute to the global birth experience. Methods: One hundred and forty-eight women completed self-report measures of mental health during the third trimester of pregnancy and 3 and 6 months postpartum. At 3months after childbirth, subjective childbirth experience was assessed. Logistic regression analysis examined the contribution of childbirth experience to maternal mental health. Findings: Negative subjective experience of childbirth contributes to maternal depression and anxiety up to 6 months after childbirth, controlling for mental health during pregnancy and at 3 months postpartum. Quality of care from health professionals made the largest, statistically significant contribution to the global perception of childbirth. Discussion and Conclusions: Subjective experience of childbirth is a modifiable risk factor for the development of postpartum maternal depression and anxiety. Health providers in direct contact with childbearing women may promote maternal emotional wellbeing through sensitive and respectful care.

Idioma originalInglés
PublicaciónJournal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
EstadoEn prensa - 2021
Publicado de forma externa

Áreas temáticas de ASJC Scopus

  • Pediatría, perinaltología y salud infantil
  • Medicina reproductiva
  • Psicología (todo)
  • Ginecología y obstetricia


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