Definition of postpartum depression in US English:

postpartum depression


  • Depression suffered by a mother following childbirth, typically arising from the combination of hormonal changes, psychological adjustment to motherhood, and fatigue.

    • ‘I've read everything I can get my hands on concerning postpartum depression in the mother and how it affects the development of the baby.’
    • ‘Even in his study of 300 women, those with a past episode of depression or major life trauma were also likely to develop postpartum depression.’
    • ‘Medical experts believe that changes in the woman's hormones after delivery cause postpartum depression.’
    • ‘Mothers of multiples are more likely than other mothers to suffer from ‘baby blues’ and postpartum depression.’
    • ‘Most studies on postpartum depression have found that the majority of mothers experience remission in the first few months after childbirth.’
    • ‘A leading cause of postpartum depression may be a condition familiar to most new mothers: sleep deprivation.’
    • ‘In summary, women suffering from postpartum depression may benefit from several interventions other than medications and psychotherapy.’
    • ‘Researchers have had a tough time pinning hormones to postpartum depression, let alone to more subtle behaviors such as bonding and caregiving.’
    • ‘Then she started collaborating with a psychiatrist whose clients included women with postpartum depression.’
    • ‘Studies have shown that countries with diets rich in fish have lower rates of depression, bipolar disorder, postpartum depression and suicide.’
    • ‘Experts agree that about one mother in ten experiences postpartum depression.’
    • ‘Some would compare this case to that of the mother, suffering from postpartum depression, who drowned her five children in the bathtub.’
    • ‘About 10 percent of new mothers experience a more severe form of depression called postpartum depression.’
    • ‘The consequences of postpartum depression can be serious for both mother and infant.’
    • ‘I suffered from severe postpartum depression after each of my older children's births.’
    • ‘In one study, only 20% of women with postpartum depression said that they would consider using antidepressant medications.’
    • ‘Mothers who suffered postpartum depression are more likely to see their children turn violent as they grow up.’
    • ‘About 10 to 15 percent of women suffer postpartum depression - called the baby blues.’
    • ‘Enhanced care included a standardized checklist for postpartum depression and visits up to two months postpartum.’
    • ‘It is not known whether mothers of all cultures get postpartum depression.’