An Association Between Anemia and Postpartum Depression
ACOG ePoster. Sutherland S. Apr 27, 2018; 211684; 35C
Shannon Sutherland
Shannon Sutherland
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Introduction: Anemia in pregnancy has been associated with increased rates of low birth weight, preterm delivery, and perinatal mortality in several previous studies. Despite these complications, few have investigated the impact of anemia on postpartum women. This postpartum period can be extremely difficult for mothers as 19% of United States women experience postpartum depression (PPD). It is therefore imperative to investigate anemia as a possible physiologic risk factor for PPD.

Methods: This retrospective cohort study was conducted by collecting hematocrit and demographic data from medical records of patients meeting all criteria. Patients included were women ≥16 years old who received postpartum care at Women's Ambulatory Health Services in Hartford, Connecticut from January 2014 to January 2017. Those excluded were patients
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