Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Blog Day for the Mothers Act - 10/24

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).

From Postpartum.net:
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.

Thank you!!

PPD Survivor!


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!

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.

Kellyry said...

Thanks for the info! I had no idea you've suffered from this. Depression is a miserable and lonely experience but I'm glad you've been able to find support and encouragement. Noone should have to go through that alone.