Wissart. J.; Kulkarni, Santosh K.; Parshad, Omkar
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Child Health
Pre- and Postpartum Depression in Jamaican Women Attending Antenatal Clinic at the University Hospital of the West Indies [Abstract]
West Indian Medical Journal
Date of Publication
53 Suppl. 5
Objective: To study incidents and factors associated with pre- and postpartum depression among pregnant women in Jamaica. Method: Seventy-three healthy pregnant women attending antnatal clinic at UHWI were assessed for depression at 28 weeks of gestation and at six weeks postpartum using the zung self-rating depression scale. Demographic data including age, marital status, parity and employment status were collected at booking. The levels of serum total thyroxine (T4), free triiodothyronine (FT3), thyrotropin (TSH) and thyroglobulin (TG) were determined using standard radioimmunoassay kits. Conclusion: The data suggest that the depression that develops during prepartum and continues into postpartum period is mainly associated with marital status of the women. On the other hand, the depression developed during the postpartum period seems to be due to sub-clinical hypothyroidism. This study further calls for necessary psychologiical or medical intervention during pre- and postpartum periods.....