892: Maternal depression and cognitive function in postpartum women: A cross-sectional study Academic Article uri icon


  • Objective Maternal amnesia is described as a transitional cognitive impairment during pregnancy and the postpartum period. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence and extent of this suggested cognitive decline, both objectively and subjectively, and determine whether peripartum depression plays a role. Study Design A cross-sectional study was performed in women during the immediate post-partum period. Only singleton, term, and uncomplicated vaginal deliveries were included. Eligible women completed the Edinburgh postnatal depression scale (EPDS), a valid screening test for postpartum depression. Cognitive function was assessed using an objective neurocognitive test (Symbol Digit Modalities Test, SDMT90) as well as a subjective self-estimation questionnaire (Attention Function Index; AFI). Cognitive assessments were compared between depressed and non-depressed …

publication date

  • January 1, 2018