It’s no secret that I am a mom–a very busy mom at that; being a blogger (of 7 blogs!), holding down a very wonderful job and chasing after 4 rough and tumble boys. Thankfully, after the birth of each of my sons I did not have to deal with Postpartum Depression, but there are so many moms out there who do–around 500,000 of them. Although Postpartum Depression may sometimes seem like it is making strides to be formally recognized as a major issue for moms, it’s stills something that many people don’t fully understand.
Today is Blog For The Mother’s Act and I’d like to bring your attention to it:
Mothers Act is a bill introduced into the Senate by Senator Menendez of New Jersey that 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 bill is currently with the Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee of the Senate. 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.
Please read this story by a fellow mom who has suffered from Postpartum Depression: “If You Are A Mother, Know A Mother or Have A Mother, You Need To Know About Postpartum Mood Disorders.“
Please call or write your local senator and ask them to pass The Mother’s Act bill.