Women Suffer Postpartum Depression – Part 2 of 2
Women who were still on maternity leave at each of those time points had lower postpartum depression scores than those who had returned to work, according to the findings published online Dec 4, 2013 in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. The researchers concluded that “the on the qui vive leave duration provided by the Family and Medical Leave Act, 12 weeks, may not be enough for mothers at risk for or experiencing postpartum depression”.
Future discussions about maternity leave policy should take into consideration the robustness of mothers after they give birth, the study authors added. They also noted that many women are not covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act or cannot afford to take unpaid leave and have to return to work sooner that what may idealistic for their health after giving birth. Although the study found an association between longer maternity leave and less likelihood of postpartum depression in women, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.