Wednesday, October 24, 2007

In support of the Mothers Act

BlogHers Act: Blog Day for the Mothers ActIt was just recently that during a talk with JP's sister, Sabee, she told me she was depressed for about a year after her son was born. Our Adorable Nephew is seven years old now.

I was a little surprised to find out she was suffering from depression, but not shocked. JP and I had noticed a change in her, but I never considered depression. After all, she still smiled. She still sent cards. She took excellent care of our Adorable Nephew. That didn't spell out postpartum to us -- because we didn't really know that it can be different for each person. We just didn't know.

I'm blogging about postpartum depression today as part of BlogHer's Mother's Act Blog Day, to spread the word about postpartum depression and support the Mothers Act bill. According to BlogHer, the Mothers Act bill would "provide for education about postpartum mood disorders for new mothers and their families, require healthcare professionals to screen new moms for postpartum mood disorders during the first year postpartum, and train those professionals on how to conduct proper screenings and care for women who are diagnosed with these illnesses." This could save lives -- half a million, BlogHer says. (I don't know if this is the same as the bill, but last Friday, ABC News reported on the U.S. House of Representatives approving spending $3 million on postpartum depression.)

Mothers -- families -- deserve this.

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7 Comments:

Anonymous Katherine Stone said...

Thank you so much for writing about Blog Day for the MOTHERS Act. I hope you will continue to encourage your readers to call their Senators throughout the rest of the week, as I hear that the phone lines were pretty busy today. Every single call is SO important. Thanks again for your support of women with postpartum depression!

7:23 PM  
Blogger h&b said...

I hope that's not mandatory screening for all new mothers ?

If so, I don't like the sound of it .. that's a very slippery and subjective slope...

11:14 PM  
Blogger Nadine said...

Sometimes this sneaks up on some moms especially those who already had children before and didn't have that problem.

It's always good to be aware.

8:24 AM  
Blogger Janet said...

It affects so many yet there is such a stigma attached to it for new mothers, who often suffer in silence masked with a smile.

Thanks for calling attention to it.

12:09 PM  
Blogger Kristi said...

This is such an important bill. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Bloggy Mama said...

Great post!

5:03 PM  
Anonymous MGH Center for Women's Mental Health said...

Thanks for your support of the MOTHERS Act. Too often postpartum depression is a problem that goes unnoticed, and most women with PPD never receive any type of treatment. PPD is a treatable illness, and it is essential that we continue to educate ourselves and others about this important issue.

For more information on PPD, visit us at The MGH Center for Women's Mental Health.

10:10 PM  

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