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Clínica y Salud

On-line version ISSN 2174-0550Print version ISSN 1130-5274


KOVACHEVA, Katina et al. The relationship between healthcare experience and perinatal depression during COVID-19 pndemic. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2022, vol.33, n.3, pp.117-125.  Epub Mar 13, 2023. ISSN 2174-0550.


The prevalence of peripartum depression (PPD) has increased substantially since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. To reduce the probability of contagion, hospitals had to adapt their care protocols, including the care of women in the perinatal period.


A cross-sectional study was used in a total sample of 3,356 women, 1,402 in the prenatal period and 1,954 in the postnatal period. They completed the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale to assess depressive symptoms and the Spanish version of the Coronavirus Perinatal Experiences to assess health experience.


The results showed that feeling very well supported by a health professional was associated with a lower risk of PPD. On the other hand, believing it very important to have access to a mental health professional and being concerned about changes in infant care due to COVID-19 were associated with a higher risk of PPD.


The results showed the relationship between health experience and the risk of depressive symptoms, highlighting the importance of considering the psychological aspects in the development of measures and protocols for perinatal care.

Keywords : Depression; Peripartum; COVID-19; Healthcare experience.

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