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Marriage Benefits Pregnant Women’s Health More Than Cohabitation, Suggests Study EDIT

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Marriage Benefits Pregnant Women’s Health More Than Cohabitation, Suggests Study

Although it sounds kind of like a cautionary tale that a 1950s mom would tell her daughters ("If you get 'in trouble,' you better get married, or else you will exploooooooode!"), a new study in The American Journal of Public Health has determined that there needs to be more research into the health detriments and benefits of marriage vs. cohabitation when it comes to pregnant women and their partners.

The study examined three groups of over 6,000 women: cohabiting women, both married and nonmarried women living with a partner, and noncohabiters were single, divorced, or separated women and further categorized by duration of cohabitation. They were asked about three main psychosocial conditions: self-reported intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and postpartum depression among childbearing women. 20% of the cohabitating but unmarried women reported at least one of the three conditions; the figure rises to 35% in unmarried single mothers and 67% in women who had gotten divorced or separated the year before the child was born.

The odds of intimate partner violence, substance use, and postpartum depression were higher in unmarried women cohabiting for ≤2 years, versus married women living with a partner >5 years.

Marcelo Urquia, the lead researcher of the Canadian epidemiological study, said that there's not enough information yet to draw any firm conclusion on the benefit of marriage on maternal and child health, but it's worth looking into further.

'Do pregnant women benefit from marriage over cohabitation?' [Modern Medicine]

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Do pregnant women benefit from marriage over cohabitation?

A cross-sectional nationwide Canadian epidemiological study suggests that marriage rather than cohabitation may have psychosocial benefits for pregnant women. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the results point to a need for research on maternal and child health that distinguishes between married and unmarried cohabiting women.

The researchers analyzed data from the 2006-207 Canadian Maternity Experiences Survey, a sample of 6,421 childbearing women. Cohabiting women were married or nonmarried women living with a partner. Noncohabiters were single, divorced, or separated women and further categorized by duration of cohabitation (≤2, 3-5, or >5 years).

The objective was to examine the joint associations of marital status and cohabitation on self-reported intimate partner violence, substance abuse, and postpartum depression among childbearing women. Adjusted odds ratios (OR) and confidence intervals (CI) were generated using logistic regression.

Odds of intimate partner violence, substance use, and postpartum depression were higher in unmarried women cohabiting for ≤2 years, versus married women living with a partner >5 years (adjusted OR [AOR] 4.64. 95% CI 2.85, 7.56; AOR 5.36, CI 3.06, 9.39; and AOR 1.87, 95% CI 1.25, 2.80, respectively). As duration of cohabitation increased, all of the risk estimates declined.

According to lead investigator Marcelo Urquia, 20% of women who were cohabitating but not married suffered from at least one of the three psychosocial conditions, and the figure rose to 35% for single women who had never married and 67% for those who separated or divorced in the year before birth. It was unclear, however, whether problems such as partner or substance abuse were the cause or result of separations.


by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:10 AM
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nickysmom71
by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Look, I agree with you on most things, but honestly, as you know, not every couple is the same.  People who choose not to get married are usually very happy with that decision and have no ill effects.

While it is ideal to be married and have two parents when having kids....the world has changed drastically and it's not going to be the same anymore on what is the "norm."

 

lga1965
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:46 PM
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 yes. My point is that I support Future!   good

Quoting jlo1313:

I was also married when I had children, and I still suffered PPD and anxiety.  I am all about doing what is right for you, and live and let live.  It doesn't have to be old fashioned, sure there is "ideal for society" but there is also "ideal for you" and "oops".  The world doesn't stop spinning.

My point was, the article and study really provided nothing on top of what people are already experiencing.

Quoting lga1965:

 

Quoting jlo1313:

Depression and anxiety is prevelant in women that are divorcing anyway, this study seems to state the obvious without giving any new information.  Sorry Future, your unmarried mom posts are getting really old and predictable.

 well....I am sure glad I was married when I was pregnant three times.

I support Future. If my friends and family were members of CM and read these posts, they would support her too. We are all fans of marriage first, then children. Gosh darn we are so old fashioned. big smile mini


 

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― Dr. Seuss

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:03 PM


Quoting frogbender:

Isn't this study like saying that prayers help sick people get better, even if the sick person has no idea they are being prayed for? Completely unsubstantiated. Also, where are the figures for the married women with PPD? Or abuse? 

Actually there was a study about prayers and the people in the prayed for group did worse than the people not prayed for.

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:04 PM


Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

*Cue comments from bitter, unmarried women.

lol

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:06 PM


Quoting nickysmom71:

Look, I agree with you on most things, but honestly, as you know, not every couple is the same.  People who choose not to get married are usually very happy with that decision and have no ill effects.

While it is ideal to be married and have two parents when having kids....the world has changed drastically and it's not going to be the same anymore on what is the "norm."


How do you know this, though?  Maybe this is true for your friends, but you cannot say this about people in general.

People who choose not to get married are usually very happy with that decision and have no ill effects.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:21 PM


Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

*Cue comments from bitter, unmarried women.

and/or commentary from the peanut gallery


katzmeow726
by Platinum Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Agreed.

 

Quoting jlo1313:

Depression and anxiety is prevelant in women that are divorcing anyway, this study seems to state the obvious without giving any new information.  Sorry Future, your unmarried mom posts are getting really old and predictable.


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EmmaGlenn20
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:27 PM
I prefer almonds, my dear, but thanks.

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

*Cue comments from bitter, unmarried women.

and/or commentary from the peanut gallery

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Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 2:29 PM


Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

I prefer almonds, my dear, but thanks.

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:


Quoting EmmaGlenn20:

*Cue comments from bitter, unmarried women.

and/or commentary from the peanut gallery

clever

nickysmom71
by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 3:06 PM
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I can say with certainty that most are - I also read...lol....I am not going just by my friends, but polls done as well on the subject.  Just google them and you shall also see the light.

I actually did a paper on this for a sociology class I took.  It might not be the majority of how relationships are - but these types of relationships are quickly gaining ground.  People are no longer becoming attached to the stigma of marriage or the shame of a child born out of wedlock.   
 

More and more people are now having the kinds of relationships that are most comfortable for them, yes marriage is still the most comfortable kind to have - but happily "living in sin" is also a popular relationship choice. You can be married and be a way more fucked up parent than couples who are not and vice versa. It's not about marriage - it's about the kind of person you ARE!!!!

Quoting futureshock:


Quoting nickysmom71:

Look, I agree with you on most things, but honestly, as you know, not every couple is the same.  People who choose not to get married are usually very happy with that decision and have no ill effects.

While it is ideal to be married and have two parents when having kids....the world has changed drastically and it's not going to be the same anymore on what is the "norm."

 

How do you know this, though?  Maybe this is true for your friends, but you cannot say this about people in general.

People who choose not to get married are usually very happy with that decision and have no ill effects.


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