Journal of Womens Health, Issues and Care ISSN: 2325-9795

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Research Article, J Womens Health Issues Care Vol: 4 Issue: 2

A Cross-sectional Study of Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Infant Weight Outcomes: Do Well-Child Visits make a Difference?

Rada K Dagher1* and Taryn W Morrissey2
1Department of Health Services Administration, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, USA
2Department of Public Administration and Policy, School of Public Affairs, American University, USA
Corresponding author : Rada K. Dagher, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, University of Maryland, 3310B School of Public Health Building, College Park, Maryland 20742, USA
Tel: 301-405-1210; Fax: 301-405-2542
E-mail: [email protected]
Received: July 21, 2014 Accepted: February 05, 2015 Published: February 12, 2015
Citation: Dagher RK, Morrissey TW (2015) A Cross-sectional Study of Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Infant Weight Outcomes: Do Well-Child Visits make a Difference?. J Womens Health, Issues Care 4:2. doi:10.4172/2325-9795.1000179

Abstract

A Cross-sectional Study of Postpartum Depressive Symptoms and Infant Weight Outcomes: Do Well-Child Visits make a Difference?

Maternal postpartum depression affects 10% to 20% of new mothers, but little research has examined its relationship with weight outcomes during infancy and whether clinical interventions can mitigate this relationship. This study investigated the associations of postpartum depressive symptoms with infants’ weight-for-length z-scores, obesity, and overweight at 9 months of age; and whether the number of well-child visits moderated these associations.

Keywords: Maternal depression; Infant obesity and overweight; Well-child visits

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