Mothers who gave birth at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology of the Saiseikai Yokohamashi Tobu Hospital before and during COVID-19 (April 2017 to December 2020) were required to complete the EPDS and MIBS.
The researchers revealed the EPDS items related to anxiety factors were significantly higher and the EPDS items related to anhedonia and depression factors (excluding thoughts of self-harm) were significantly lower in the During COVID-19 group (Figure 1). These results indicate that pregnant and postpartum mothers during COVID-19 had higher levels of anxiety. Although the scores related depression and anhedonia factors were lower, this does not necessarily imply that the pandemic has had a positive impact. The relative reduction in depression and anhedonia might also reflect the influence of hypervigilance. Based on the results of this study, it is vital to provide care addressing the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women considering COVID-19 pandemic.
Journal Name: BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth (December 28 issue)
Title: Psychological impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on one-month postpartum mothers in a metropolitan area of Japan
Authors: Youji Takubo, Naohisa Tsujino*, Yuri Aikawa, Kazuyo Fukiya, Momoko Iwai, Takashi Uchino, Megumu Ito, Yasuo Akiba, Masafumi Mizuno, Takahiro Nemoto
DOI Number: 10.1186/s12884-021-04331-1