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A study of 13,000 British women found that the 2,800 who had suffered a miscarriage or stillbirth were much more likely to be anxious or depressed during their next pregnancy, and after the birth. This state of mind persisted for nearly three years after they gave birth to a healthy baby, researchers found. Jean Golding, one of the authors of the report, published in the British Journal of Psychiatry, said, “This study is important to the families of women who have lost a baby, since it is so often assumed that they get over the event quickly, yet as shown here, many do not.” Lead researcher Emma Robertson Blackmore, of Rochester University in the U.S., pointed out, “This finding is important because, when assessing if a women is at risk of antenatal or postnatal depression, previous pregnancy loss is usually not taken into account in the same way as other risk factors such as a family history of depression, stressful life events or a lack of social support.” [The Telegraph, March 2011] Read More

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