Predictors for readmission to psychiatric facilities

This is in contrast to a marked increase in readmission risk within the first month after childbirth.

The study included all women born in Denmark between 1962 and 1992 with a record of one or more psychiatric admissions at least nine months before a first-time, first trimester induced abortion, or childbirth.

The time since last admission and the number of previous admissions were strong predictors for readmission. Women who previously had bipolar affective disorder or schizophrenia-like disorders were more likely to be readmitted perinatally compared with women who had unipolar affective disorders.

“We speculate that recent psychiatric episodes may influence women’s decisions to have an induced abortion.