Postpartum depression is a devastating mood disorder which strikes many women during and after pregnancy. It is a serious and disabling condition that affects anywhere from 10 to 20 percent of new mothers. In the United States, there may be as many as 800,000 new cases of postpartum conditions each year. These mothers often experience signs of agitation or depression and may lose interest in friends and family, feel overwhelming sadness or even have thoughts of harming the baby or themselves. (Excerpt from Senator Menendez’ site)
Did you experience PPD? If not, you probably know someone who has. Here on My Mommy Manual, we’ve had the honor of sharing Heidi Howe’s story of her battle with PPD. And, we’ve talked to psychotherapist, Shellie Fidell who specializes in helping women with PPD.
So we were honored when we were approached by Senators Menendez and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) to support The Melanie Blocker Stocks MOTHERS Act, which will help provide support services to women suffering from PPD. Find our more about the MOTHERS Act and spread the word!