Longer Maternity Leave Tied To Reduced Postpartum Depression Risk.

HealthDay (12/14, Preidt) reported that according to a study published online Dec. 4 in the Journal of Health Politics, a longer maternity leave may reduce the risk for postpartum depression. Researchers arrived at that conclusion after following some 800 postpartum women for about a year. The study authors concluded that current maternity leaves of a maximum of 12 weeks for American women under the Family and Medical Leave Act “may not be sufficient for mothers at risk for or experiencing postpartum depression.”

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— “Could Longer Maternity Leave Prevent Postpartum Depression?, ” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, December 13, 2013.

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