Risk of depression isn't higher in older first-time moms, study finds

10/25/2011 | Reuters

An Australian study of more than 500 first-time mothers age 37 or older revealed that four months after giving birth only 8% of them experienced major depression symptoms. In the journal Fertility and Sterility, researchers reported they did not find evidence that age influences risk of postpartum depression. The notion that older first-time mothers are more at risk of depression has been mainly based on speculation and "popular culture anecdote," researcher Catherine A. McMahon said.

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