The birth of a baby is one of the most impressive moments in the life of most women, they involve hormonal factors, physical, affective and emotional, and without doubt, becomes in the event most awaited from the moment of conception. However, one out of every ten deliveries arrive to complicate things at the last minute, how does this affect the depression or stress postpartum?

Although theories without basement scientist claim that the type of birth itself influences the depression or stress that you may suffer the woman after giving birth, researchers have been assured that a vaginal delivery or a cesarean section does not have any relationship with levels of anxiety postpartum.

What do the experts think?

A study was conducted in Norway at the end of the year 2010, with women who had given birth between 1998 and 2008, to the surprise of many, the team of researchers from the Center for Health Services Research of the University Hospital of Akershus, found that: “the determinant more solid emotional stress postpartum was the mood of women during pregnancy. The type of birth did not alter the levels of stress six months after the birth of the baby.”

“Often, in the delivery room, the comment would be that fu eun difficult delivery (...) which in and of itself shall not affect the mental health of the mother”, said the lead author of the study, dr. Samantha Adams.


  • Taking into account all these bases on the type of birth and complications during childbirth, every day there are more women who opt for a c-section, with the idea of preserving their psychological well-being after the birth, even if clinically there is a theory that endorses these views.
  • What is certain is that the study showed that women who decided to undergo a cesarean section, were more stressed during the third trimester of pregnancy, which alter levels of emotional well-being.
  • However, after considering the levels of emotional stress during the pregnancy, and factors such as: maternal age, or the diseases of gestation, are minimized the relationship between the type of delivery and the levels of stress or anxiety after giving birth.

Post-traumatic stress disorder after childbirth (SEPT)

  • Originates from woman who have faced a stressful experience during childbirth.
  • Directly affects the relationship of the mother with the newborn and your partner.
  • Some specialists point out that this disorder is more common when the birth has been given in circumstances of risk, others claim that arises during pregnancy, by strong emotions or traumatic experiences.
Also read: Treatment for postpartum depression, when the family is the best support

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