Another state is moving toward progress when it comes to an increase in public awareness of perinatal mood disorders. House Bill 2235 was approved by the House on April 28th and now passes to the Senate!
The Maternal Mental Health Patient and Provider Education Program is intended to identify and address maternal mental health disorders and to prevent the associated long-term negative impact on women and their families. How would this program accomplish this?
- Ensuring health care providers (physicians, nurse midwives and other licensed health care professionals):
- are trained to screen, identify, assess and treat perinatal mood disorders, as well as make appropriate referrals, and
- provide patients and their family members such information materials about maternal mental health disorders.
- Educating the public about maternal mental health disorders.
- Ensuring hospitals and other health care facilities serving pregnant and postpartum patients (including postnatal and post-pregnancy loss patients) provide patients and their family members information materials about maternal mental health disorders.
It is truly encouraging to see the positive developments occurring at the state level across the country, and I hope that this trend will steadily continue until all states have legislation in place that will ensure the public awareness that is needed to do away with the stigma and ensure all mothers experiencing perinatal mood disorders get the help they need!
The well-being of the mother helps to ensure the well-being of her child(ren) and the overall well-being of the family!