ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- According to a study, general anesthetic during a C-section birth can cause severe post-partum depression and increased pain in mothers.
The side effects range from delayed breastfeeding to suicidal thoughts and is bad for the mother-child relationship. The original study says new mother dissatisfaction paired with the anesthesia can cause negative mental health outcomes. Doctors say general anesthesia isn't always a bad thing, but should be avoided except in cases of emergency.
A local doctor, Tim Durkee, from the Swedish American Creekside Medical Center informs us, "It appears from the study that the woman who underwent general anesthesia for cesarean delivery, rather than regional, seemed to have more severe postpartum depression."
Because the study only looked at C-section deliveries in New York, researchers say that more studies may be needed before coming to any concrete conclusions.