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Infant Sleep Disorders and Maternal Post-Natal Depression are Serious Problems

Monday, 17 November 2008 19:30
When an infant is not getting enough sleep, neither is the mother. When a mother is experiencing post natal depression, her emotions may be affecting the infant's ability to sleep.

This 2002 study in BMJ examines this serious, interrelated problem. It fails however to look at other potential causes and tendencies of depression in the mother. The International Cesarean Awareness Network has a wonderful section on postpartum depression. Traumatic delivery is a definite contributing factor to a woman's potential for post partum depression, with c-sections contributing significantly.

In the child, continuous crying due to their experience of birth trauma (both physical and emotional) contributes further to the mother's susceptibility. This ScienceDaily article addresses the long term effects of pain and stress on newborns.

Just another reason for us to care for more pregnant women offering them the potential of a safer, easier birth with chiropractic care and to educate them about their birth options prior to birth