Perinatal depression affects one in 10 women

The report, Perinatal depression: data from the 2010 Australian National Infant Feeding Survey, estimated that 110,000 mothers had been diagnosed with depression and, of these, half had perinatal depression.

This was defined as experiencing a range of mood disorders such as prenatal depression, postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis diagnosed between pregnancy and the child’s first birthday.

Several factors increased the risk of perinatal depression, the report said.

Daily smoking doubled the risk to one in five and living in the lowest income households (below $26,000 p.a.) also