Frequency of Postnatal Depression after Normal Vaginal Delivery in a Tertiary Care Hospital


  • Laila Zeb Associate Professor, Gynae Department MTI Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar
  • Ayesha Nawaz 1. Gynae Department MTI Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar


Postnatal Depression, Normal Vaginal Delivery, Pregnancy


Background: Postnatal depression (PND) is considered as an important health problem in modern societies.Most of the women nation-wide have access to skilled birth attendants. Postpartum depression) is a neglected area of maternal health care in developing countries like Pakistan.

Objective: To determine frequency of postnatal depression after normal vaginal delivery in patients reporting to Lady Reading hospital, Peshawar

Methodology: This Descriptive Cross Sectional study was conducted in Department of Obs & Gynae, MTI-Lady Reading Hospital, Peshawar from 22 June, 2021 to 22 Dec, 2021 Post-natal depression was assessed through Edinburgh postnatal depression scale (EPDS) with cut-off value of above 12 was labeled as positive for postnatal depression. 

Results: As per frequencies and percentages for post-natal depression, 46 (15.2%) patients had post-natal depression after normal vaginal delivery.

Conclusion: This study concluded that  Post-Natal depression is prevelant amongst women having normal vaginal delivery without any risk factors as well.






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