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Why You Shouldn’t Drop Your Friends After Having a Baby

According to University of Queensland research, women who stay connected with their social groups after having a baby are at lower risk of developing postnatal depression.

UQ School of Psychology gathered data from 387 women who had given birth in the previous 12 months and found that a decrease in group interactions after having a baby was associated with an increase in depressive symptoms. Researcher Magen Seymour-Smith says that on average, women experience a decline in their social group connections after having a baby – not surprising given the responsibilities of caring for a newborn and the fact that many women temporarily cease work.

Postnatal depression is estimated to affect 10-20% of mothers with the postpartum period being the highest risk for mental health throughout their life. “Social identities have been found to foster resilience and a sense of purpose, also forming a big part of our self-concept,” says Ms Seymour- Smith.

Need some guidance with this? You can register for a new social group program run by Ms Seymour-Smith.


Note: This article provides general health information and in no way constitutes medical advice. Ideas and information expressed may not be suitable for everyone. Readers wishing to obtain medical advice should contact their own doctor.

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Lana Al Habl
Lana Al Habl
lana.alhabl@sydneyschild.com.au