Thursday, February 11, 2016

It's go time!

Today is an important day for women and especially moms-a day to raise awareness about two important bills that make up the Bringing Postpartum Depression Out of the Shadows Act of 2015. More details can be found about it here: http://www.postpartumprogress.com/loveanothermother-on-febr…
My fellow ‪#‎warriormoms‬ and I are letting our local senate and house representatives know that this act could make a huge difference in so many women's lives. 1 in 4 will suffer from some type of mood disorder and so many cases go unnoticed or untreated because women are ashamed and feel guilty. Many health care professionals are not trained in recognizing and treating these illnesses and screenings are not given often enough. 
When I think back on my own experience, it's astounding that I was under the care of a therapist, midwife and doula, but none of them recognized what was happening, despite the fact that I had many high risk factors going into my pregnancy and many symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD after my son's birth. I know I'm not alone, as I've read so many similar stories, and I am very lucky that I was eventually screened by a nurse. This act would start to change this trend, both by increasing screenings for pregnant and new moms and increasing training for caregivers. 
Today I'm going to contact Congresswoman Anna E. Eshoo and our California senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. The more of us who reach out, the more of a difference we can make. Let's do this! ‪#‎LoveAnotherMother‬‪#‎MomsMatter‬

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