(Salem, Oregon) – HB 2235, a bill that will raise awareness of perinatal mood disorders, has passed the Senate on May 19, 2011, and now awaits the Governor’s signature. This bill requires the Oregon Health Authority to provide health care providers with training and literature to increase their awareness (and hence patient awareness)–not to mention earlier detection and treatment–of perinatal mood disorders. Providing this information to expectant and new moms and dads is empowering them to get the help they need from a doctor and/or therapist without the shame and stigma that has been associated with perinatal mood disorders.
A committed group of individuals has been working hard since 2009 to push this legislation through, and it’s wonderful that their efforts have led to success! Wendy Davis, Postpartum Support International Executive Director, has been very involved in those efforts. Yay, Wendy!
It is so, so encouraging to see more and more states seeing the light, the need to help the many moms out there with perinatal mood disorders see the light at the end of the dark tunnel that they are trapped in, and to shed light on perinatal mood disorder risks, symptoms and treatments available via an awareness campaign.
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