Journal Article

Neonatal Outcome following Maternal Antenatal Depression and Anxiety: A Population-based Study

Liselott Andersson, Inger Sundström-Poromaa, Marianne Wulff, Monica Åström and Marie Bixo

in American Journal of Epidemiology

Published on behalf of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Volume 159, issue 9, pages 872-881
Published in print May 2004 | ISSN: 0002-9262
Published online May 2004 | e-ISSN: 1476-6256 | DOI:
Neonatal Outcome following Maternal Antenatal Depression and Anxiety: A Population-based Study

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The aim of this study was to determine neonatal outcomes among women who had depressive and anxiety disorders during the second trimester of pregnancy in a population-based sample. Participants were 1,465 women and their neonates born at two obstetric clinics in Sweden. The inclusion period for the women was October 2, 2000–October 1, 2001. The Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders (PRIME-MD) classification system was used to evaluate mental disorders in the second trimester of pregnancy. For assessment of demographic characteristics, birth statistics, and birth-related complications, the medical records of the included women and their offspring were reviewed after delivery. The study results revealed no differences in neonatal outcome between women with antenatal depressive disorders and/or anxiety disorders and healthy subjects. The authors conclude that neonatal outcome did not deteriorate despite the women’s impaired mental health during pregnancy.

Keywords: anxiety; depression; pregnancy; Abbreviations: CI, confidence interval; CES-D [Scale], Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression [Scale]; DSM-IV, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition; OR, odds ratio; PRIME-MD, Primary Care Evaluation of Mental Disorders.

Journal Article.  5970 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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