Sunday, June 25, 2006

Bill to Focus on Postpartum Depression

Via Belly Tales, a bill (S.3529) has been introduced in the Senate (on 6/15) by sponsor Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and co-sponsor Richard Durbin (D-IL) which would provide grant funds for expanded education of new mothers about postpartum depression, and require follow-up care with these mothers to screen for the condition. It would also generate additional research on PPD, via the National Institutes of Health.

  • Read the bill text (the legislation will be referred to as the "Mom's Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research, and Support for Postpartum Depression Act" or the "MOTHERS Act.")
  • Senator Menendez's press release
  • The Amercian College of Nurse-Midwives endorses the Act
  • The Seattle Post-Intelligencer: Grief Becomes a Force for Change

    PPD Information:
  • Postpartum Depression - American College of Nurse-Midwives
  • Depression During and After Pregnancy - National Women's Health Information Center
  • Postpartum Depression and the "Baby Blues" - American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Postpartum Depression - MedlinePlus
  • Recognizing Postpartum Depression - NPR's All Things Considered, commentary from a rural job counselor
  • Postpartum Depression - Planned Parenthood
  • Postpartum Depression - March of Dimes
  • The Postpartum Blues - March of Dimes

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    MeSH Tags: Depression, Postpartum
  • 4 Comments:

    Blogger Kat Coble said...

    and require follow-up care with these mothers to screen for the condition.

    Why do I always have such problems with the word "require" when coming from the government?

    I'm glad we're broadening awareness of this topic. But must we "require" action from free citizens?

    1:47 AM  
    Blogger Rachel said...

    Kat,
    I probably didn't make this clear, but the requirement would be for the nurses and docs in states receiving project funds to provide information and screening about postpartum depression during regular postnatal care. I don't think it actually requires the women to go to the doc or get the screening.

    8:20 AM  
    Blogger Kim said...

    Thank god!

    It's such a horrible thing to go through.

    And you can have it after a miscarriage - never even occured to me until I had it!

    This post is a mini-Grand Rounds in and of itself! I'll be checking back to read the links.

    Maybe they should have called the bill TCURANI (Tom Cruise U R an Idiot). : )

    10:42 AM  
    Blogger Kat Coble said...

    Ahh. I feel much better now.

    3:18 PM  

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