Sad mothers have small babies

26 08 2010

This press release that I wrote for BMC Public Health publicises research carried out in Bangladesh that finds it is not poverty, socieconomic status or nutrition levels that most contribute to the birth of underweight babies, but depression and other mental health issues in the mothers. This is the first time this result has been found in a non-Western country and provides an interesting insight into the role of mental health on physical health and child development, even in a country where, arguably, there are many other confounding factors that could be blamed for low birthweight.

Read the press release at EurekAlert: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2010-08/bc-smh082410.php

Read the full articles at BMC Public Health: Low birth weight in offspring of women with depressive and anxiety symptoms during pregnancy: results from a population based study in Bangladesh

And some of the media sources that picked up the story:

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