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