Today I proudly stand with many bloggers to support Blog Day for the Mothers Act. As many of you know, I suffered the devastating effects of Postpartum Depression during my first year as a mom. It was relentless, it was heartbreaking, it was lonely. I was completely unprepared and uninformed about this illness and when it hit I had a difficult time finding help and support. Today is a day I encourage anyone who reads my blog to call their senator and ask them to support The Mother's Act (bill number S. 1375).
Up to 800,000 women in the U.S. will develop a diagnosable perinatal mood disorder this year! (This does not include women whose babies are stillborn, who miscarry or suffer pregnancy termination). Yet only 15% of these women will receive any treatment. We need to do a better job screening, educating and treating our nation's mothers! The Mothers Act addresses these concerns and offers the common sense and needed remedies of screening, education, provision of services and research. Thanks to your efforts it will not go unnoticed! Let's move this out of the HELP committee and into the full senate!!
Boxer (D-CA) 202-224-3553 - Kudos to Senator Barbara Boxer for signing on as a sponsor
Feinstein (D-CA) 202-224-3841
Link to other states
Suggested Script: "Hello this is (your name) one of Senator (Senator's name) constituents from (your town). I am calling to ask the Senator to co-sponsor The MOTHERS Act bill number S. 1375, sponsored by Senator Menendez, which will provide funding for research, education, screening and treatment of postpartum depression."
If you are from California thank Senator Boxer for signing on as a sponsor.
For more information on PPD or the Mothers Act visit Postpartum Support International or Postpartum Progress.