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1/21/10 Postpartum Depression Legislation will Save Women's Lives

January 21, 2010
Northampton, MA
Boston, MA

MotherWoman will hold a press conference on Tuesday, January 26th at 12 noon to discuss House Bill 3897, An Act Relative to Postpartum Depression. The following day, January 27th, over 35 local mothers, fathers and children will join hundreds of advocates in Boston when the  Massachusetts Joint Committee on Financial Services holds a hearing to review this legislation.  

Introduced by Representative Ellen Story, this groundbreaking postpartum legislation ensures pregnant women will be able to receive universal screening and referral to treatment for depression during the perinatal period.  

At the Northampton Press Conference on January 26th, experts will be on hand as well as women telling their own personal stories of postpartum depression.  

At the Financial Services Hearing at the State House in Boston on January 27th, health care experts and survivors of postpartum depression will testify in support of the bill.  They will be joined by hundreds of advocates from across Massachusetts who support this legislation including over 35 representatives from the tri-county area.   

Event: Press conference in Northampton announcing local support for An Act Relative to Postpartum Depression.

Time: Tuesday January 26, 2010; 12 noon            

Location: Community Action, 56 Vernon St., Northampton, MA, 2nd floor, conference room


Latest information available by phone interview following the Hearing in Boston on Wed, Jan 27th.  

    * Local Mothers who are postpartum depression survivors.
    * Liz Friedman, Co-Director of the Postpartum Support Initiative of MotherWoman, the Coordinator of the Western Massachusestts Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Coalition and a survivor of postpartum depression.  
    * Dr. Jeanne Watson Driscoll, PhD, Board Certified Advance Practice Registered Nurse in adult psychiatric and mental health is co-author of Postpartum Mood and Anxiety Disorders:  A clinicians’ guide which was awarded 2006 Book of the Year by the American Journal of Nursing.
    * Dr. Janice Goodman, PhD, RN, Board Certified psychiatric/mental health clinical nurse specialist, is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at MGH Institute of Health Professionals and a current Robert Wood Johnson Nurse Faculty Scholar.
    * Dr. Howard S. King, M.D., MPH, Board Certified Pediatrician on the active staff of Children’s Medical Center and Newton-Wellesley Hospital.  He has thrice been selected by patients of the Tufts Associated Health Plan as one of its Top Twenty Primary Care Physicians.
    * Susan Kushner Resnick, author of Sleepless Days:  One Woman’s Journey Through Postpartum Depression, the first memoir of postpartum depression by an American author.
    * Dr. Ed Tronick, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston; Director, Child Development Unit, Children’s Hospital Boston; Lecturer in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School.

Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst) is the state representative for the 3rd Hampshire District, which consists of Amherst and Granby.  Serving since 1992, Rep. Story is the 4th Division Chair of the House of Representatives.  She is Co-Chairwoman of the Mental Health Caucus, and a past chair of the Caucus of Women Legislators.  She was the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill of Massachusetts (NAMI-Mass) Legislator of the Year of 2009.