On Monday, March 30, 2009 our Congressional leaders voted on behalf of America’s mothers by passing H. R. 20 the Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom’s Opportunity to Access Health, Education, Research and Support for Postpartum Depression Act of 2009. Thank you, Congressman Rush for your years of dedication and support in the passage of this legislation!
Click here to view the full statement read by Congressman Rush on the House floor. Following is an excerpt:
“After eight long years, today marks an important step forward in the journey for Congress to fully recognize postpartum depression as a national women’s health priority…..No longer will postpartum depression be dismissed as mere ‘baby blues.’ There is no denying the fact that the need for resources to combat postpartum depression grows more and more each and every year……Of the new postpartum cases this year, less than 15 percent of mothers will receive treatment and even fewer will receive adequate treatment; however, with treatment over 90 percent of these mothers could overcome their depression.”
Now let’s keep our fingers crossed that the Senate will pass this bill! Susan Stone is busy collecting the quickly growing list of names of individuals and organizations supporting this bill. If you haven’t done so already, ask her to add you to the list by emailing her at email@example.com. Please be sure to provide your Name, State, credentials (i.e., MD, PhD, LCSW, RN, etc.) and/or whether you are an advocate, a survivor, a mother, a concerned citizen, etc.
I’m proud to see such a great show of support from my home state, New Jersey–the first state to pass legislation to require healthcare providers to screen new mothers for postpartum depression (in 2006).