Maternal psychosocial outcome after early onset preeclampsia and preterm birth

Ingrid Senden, Hugo Duivenvoorden, Anika Filius, CJM de Groot, Eric Steegers, Jan Passchier

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Objective. To evaluate the impact of severe, early onset preeclampsia on long-term maternal psychosocial outcome after preterm birth. Methods. Women with severe, early onset preeclampsia before 32 weeks' gestation (cases) admitted in a tertiary university referral center between 1993 and 2004, and women with preterm delivery without preeclampsia (controls), matched for age, parity, gestational age at delivery, ethnicity, and year of delivery. Women who consented to participation received three questionnaires in 2008 concerning depression (Zung Depression Scale: score range 0-20; 20 items with 2-point frequency scale: no = 0 an Results. Included in the study were 104 cases and 78 controls (response rate 79% and 58%, respectively). There was no difference in depression scores between cases (5.4 +/- 4.0) and controls (5.4 +/- 4.3). Patients with severe, early onset preeclampsia had significantly higher scores of posttraumatic stress symptoms (28.7 +/- 8.6 vs. 25.7 +/- 7.9). The majority of women among both cases and controls had high-posttraumatic stress symptom levels (88% vs. 79%). No differences could be found in rela Conclusion. Women with preterm birth due to severe, early onset preeclampsia experience more often posttraumatic stress symptoms on average 7 years after the pregnancy compared to women with preterm birth without preeclampsia.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)272-276
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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