One out of ten fathers experiences mood and anxiety disorders from the first trimester of pregnancy through the first six months of parenthood. Having resources on hand for those who may face this challenge is a key component of childbirth education.
Depression and anxiety along with other mental health conditions are the most common complication of childbirth. One in five pregnant people suffers from mood and anxiety disorders and one in seven postpartum people. Partners are also affected.
A recent study examined whether administration of synthetic oxytocin during labor would lower the risk of postpartum depression and anxiety. The authors review recent studies that show that depression or anxiety are higher in women with lower oxytocin levels.
I just arrived home tonight after attending another childbirth class reunion. Amongst my class offerings, I teach a seven week Lamaze series. Before class ends, the families and I plan a potluck class reunion to happen in one of their homes about four weeks after the final baby is due.
“Do women really eat their placentas?” I am asked this question in every Lamaze class I teach. This question is often accompanied by a raised eyebrow and a giggle. Many times, at least one mother will sheepishly avert her eyes and mention that she’s thinking about doing it because she’s heard of the