Wednesday, October 24, 2007
The MOTHERS Act
Did you know that postpartum depression affects up to 20% of new mothers?
Did you know that more than 1 in 7 women are depressed in the nine months before pregnancy, during their pregnancy, or in the nine months after giving birth? (according to a new study from Kaiser Permanente)
Did you know that a new study suggests a majority of doctors are not probing new mothers for signs of postpartum depression? Of the 228 physicians responding to the survey who said they had seen women for postpartum visits in the previous three months, 79% said they were unlikely to formally screen the patients for depression (from WRAL.com in North Carolina).
I did not know all this until I read Postpartum Progress and Postpartum Support International.
But I did live with this. And felt like I was the only one. Like something was wrong with me. I cried. A lot. I yelled. A lot. And then cried some more. I just felt so..........so overwhelmed.
There is a bill that is currently with the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee of the Senate. Called the MOTHERS Act. It stands for The Moms Opportunity to Access Help, Education, Research and Support for Postpartum Depression.
If the majority of the HELP Committee members endorse the MOTHERS Act, the bill will move forward for consideration by the Senate. Without Senate sponsors, the bill could languish in committee and await reintroduction at a future date. The moms of America can't wait for that!
Why? Because passage of this bill will ensure that new mothers and their families are educated about postpartum depression, screened for symptoms and provided with essential services. In addition, it will increase research into the causes, diagnoses and treatments for postpartum depression.
So what can you do?
Well, lemme tell ya.
Click here, find your state Senators and give them a jingle! Today.
Err....how about right now?
"Postpartum mood disorders are a disease of motherhood -- they can affect any woman who becomes a mother, regardless of who she is. If we don't do something to better educate and treat the mothers who may suffer, we are doing a disservice to all mothers, children and families everywhere. All it takes is a phone call to let the Senate know that the women of America want the MOTHERS Act to pass."--Katherine Stone at Postpartum Progress