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2020 Oct-Dec

Saudi J Anaesth



Pain, stress, analgesia and postpartum depression: Revisiting the controversy with a randomized controlled trial.


Kaur A, Mitra S, Singh J, Sarna R, Pandher D K, Saroa R, Das S
Saudi J Anaesth. 2020 Oct-Dec; 14(4):473-479.
PMID: 33447189.


Pain and depression are associated, but it is uncertain if effective pain relief during labor by labor analgesia reduces the incidence of postpartum depression (PPD). This randomized, controlled study assessed whether combined spinal-epidural (CSE) labor analgesia is associated with a decreased risk of PPD. Other reported risk factors for PPD were also assessed.