Just a real quickie from me today. If you are wondering about the outcome of the hearing concerning House Bill 3897: An Act Relative to Postpartum Depression that occurred nearly a month ago, on January 27th, in Boston, visit the MotherWoman website for more details. There is still hope that this legislation will pass. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that it does!
If passed, this legislation would be following in the footsteps of New Jersey, which has had its Postpartum Depression Law in place since 2006. House Bill 3897 would provide for training of healthcare providers to become better able to recognize the risks and symptoms of PPD, provide the correct diagnosis and treatment protocol. It would also increase awareness of PPD through educational campaigns. Last but not least, it would reduce the numbers of mothers with PPD going untreated or misdiagnosed via postpartum screening at hospitals and in OB/GYN offices.