Research shows that between 10 - 15% of women suffer from post partum depression, a condition brought on by the arrival of a new baby. Researchers in Spain say that they have developed a new model that can predict with an 80% success rate which mothers may develop post partum depression.
The researchers studies 1397 mothers, and analyzed various factors including family support, prior family history of psychiatric problems, emotional changes during birth etc., to develop the model.
The model is now being checked through clinical trials to see if its results can be corraborated.
The researchers found two factors in particular that help a mother avoid post partum depression - Age and Work. The older the mother, the lesser was the risk of depression. If the mother worked during pregnancy, the risk of depression was also reduced.
The research appears in Methods of Information in Medicine.