Objective There are contradictory findings in the literature about the effect of delivery type on postpartum depression and mother - infant interaction.
Aim The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between delivery mode, postpartum depression and maternal attachment.
Method Forty vaginal delivery (VD) women and 40 cesarean delivery (SD) women were recruited to participate in the study. The Edinburgh Postpartum Depression Scale (EPDS) was used to screen depressive symptoms, and Maternal Attachment Scale (MAS) was used to detect maternal attachment. Social support was assessed by the Multidimensional Scale of Perceived Social Support (MSPSS).
Results We found no significant difference in postpartum depression and perceived social support between two groups. On the other hand, MAS scores were significantly lower in SD women.
Discussion Delivery mode had no impact on the development of postpartum depression. However SD may be associated with impaired maternal attachment.