The risk of mothers suffering from post-natal depression increases substantially if she has a caesarean section, scientists from Taiwan's National Yang-Ming University have claimed.

Researchers looked at more than 10,000 mothers in the country, and found that those who did not have a caesarean section were a third less likely to experience post-natal depression.

They also found that women who planned to have a caesarean were nearly 50 per cent more likely to experience depression than mothers who had to have an emergency one.

The researchers believe the results could be partly attributed to the feeling of having no control over the birth.

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