Chronic prenatal depression and neonatal outcome

Tiffany Field, Miguel Diego, Maria Hernandez-Reif, Barbara Figueiredo, Saul Schanberg, Cynthia Kuhn, Osvelia Deeds, Jennifer Contogeorgos, Angela Ascencio

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Four hundred and thirty pregnant women were recruited at approximately 22 weeks gestation at prenatal clinics. Of these, 86 (20%) were diagnosed as depressed. The women were seen again at approximately 32 weeks gestation and after delivery. Chronicity of depression was evidenced by continuing high depression scores in those women diagnosed as depressed. Comorbid problems were chronically high anxiety, anger, sleep disturbance, and pain scores. Less optimal outcomes for the depressed women included lower gestational age and lower birthweight of their newborns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)95-103
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Neuroscience
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008


  • Low birthweight
  • Prematurity
  • Prenatal depression

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)


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