Postpartum Depression Symptoms in Various Sects of Ultra-Orthodox Society in Israel

Shimrit Prins-Engelsman, Julie Cwikel

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Ultra-Orthodox society in Israel is characterized by a higher birth rate than Israeli Jewish society. This study investigated the association of reproductive experiences among different sects of 254 ultra-Orthodox women with symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD) and general depression, controlling for demographic features. PPD symptoms were found among 22% of the participants, with Sephardic women with higher rates of symptoms (34%) than women from the Lithuanian sect (16%) and Hasidic women (14%), and those who were formerly secular also had higher rates of PPD (33%) compared to 19% among those born ultra-Orthodox. Implications for health care practitioners are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3327-3346
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2023


  • Childbirth
  • Israel
  • Postpartum depression
  • Pregnancy
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jewish women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Religious studies
  • General Nursing


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