Podcast: Sara Kornfield on Postpartum Despair, Psychological Well being and Mom-Toddler Bonding Throughout COVID-19

Postpartum depression is a common condition among women in labor. Within four weeks of giving birth, 13% of women suffer from postpartum depression, with up to 19% of women being affected three months after giving birth.

Mothers who have experienced postpartum depression are more likely to have impaired mother-child bonding, which has been linked to an increased risk of infant abuse and socio-emotional behavior and cognitive problems.

Acute stress during pregnancy can increase the risk of postpartum depression. The current global COVID-19 pandemic is a stressor that can have a significant impact on the risk of postpartum depression and the development of the mother-child relationship.

Sara Kornfield, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, joins Health matters Editor-in-chief Alan Weil on A health podyssey to discuss the relationship between COVID-19, postpartum depression and mother-child bonding.

Kornfield and co-authors recently published an article in the October 2021 issue of. released Health Matters – which is is dedicated to the topic of perinatal mental health on the mental health and resilience of women pregnant during the early lockdown period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Your analysis suggests Prenatal depression is an important risk factor which predicts postpartum depression and contributes in a unique way to a disturbed mother-child bond.

If you like this interview, Order the October themed issue on Perinatal Mental Health.

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