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Mothers of 3-month-old babies (N = 1,298) were investigated, about 5% of whom reported depression. Of the
women with depression, 7% visited a medical institution for their condition. The mothers with depression who did not
seek medical support scored significantly higher in bonding failure than those who did so. Less frequent spontaneous
medical support seeking among mothers with both depression and bonding failure underscores the importance of assertive
(outreach) community mental health care for postnatal women.