A quick post tonight. I have 6 posts I want to work on, but want to be sure I get this out tonight, as tomorrow night is the debut of the PBS special “Healthbeat.” Tune in 10:30 PM EST and watch Emmy Award-winning journalist Sara Lee Kessler as she travels around the country interviewing individuals behind postpartum depression (PPD) programs and research. Click here to read more and for a more complete listing of the television channels that will be airing the show.
Among those interviewed include Dr. Katherine Wisner, a renowned researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and Dr. David Rabinow, Samantha Meltzer-Brody, MD, and Chris Raines, RN of the UNC inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit, about which I blogged a couple times previously. Commentaries will be provided by various medical/mental health professionals, like Susan Stone (author of the Perinatal Pro blog), who specialize in treating PPD patients. I’m particularly excited because I have had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Katherine Wisner and Dr. David Rabinow at past Postpartum Support International conferences, and I’ve met and chatted with Chris Raines.
Among the programs that will be looked at include New Jersey’s Speak Up When You’re Down and New Jersey’s maternal and child health consortia–yet another reason why I am looking forward to watching this television special!
I hope you will join me in watching this show that will be sure to educate the public on the current state of PPD research and programs, those dedicated to helping moms and their families struggling with a postpartum mood disorder, as well as those dedicated to breaking down the barriers that have existed for far too long.