Written by futurity.org Wednesday, 18 April 2012 13:50
“One has to examine the health of the family system and address the problem at that level.”
Women who are depressed are more likely than other mothers to needlessly wake their babies from a sound sleep out of worry.
“We found that mothers with high depressive symptom levels are more likely to excessively worry about their infants at night than mothers with low symptom levels, and that such mothers were more likely to seek out their babies at night and spend more time with their infants than mothers with low symptom levels,” said Douglas M. Teti, professor of human development, psychology, and pediatrics and associate director of the Social Science Research Institute at Penn State.
“This in turn is linked to increased night waking in the infants of depressed mothers, compared to the infants of non-depressed mothers,” Teti said. “Especially interesting about this was that when depressed mothers sought out their infants at night, their infants did not appear to be in need of parental help. They were either sound asleep or perhaps awake, but not distressed.”
In contrast, mothers with low levels of worry and depressive symptoms rarely wake their infants out of a sound sleep and hardly went to their infants at night unless the infants were distressed.