Perinatal depression (AIHW)

Perinatal depression: data from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey showed that 1 in 10 mothers of children aged 24 months or less had been diagnosed with depression during the perinatal period. Perinatal depression was more commonly reported among mothers who were younger (aged under 25), smokers, overweight/obese and from lower income households.

The report indicates that mothers living in inner and outer regional centres such as Dubbo, Wellington and Narromine could be at a higher risk of developing perinatal depression than mothers living in major cities or more remote areas.

"High perinatal depression risk in regional centres" - Daily Liberal Dubbo

AIHW media release

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