APA Joins in Celebration of New Law to Help New Mothers Combat Postpartum Depression

The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act is the start of a national effort to combat Postpartum Depression so that new mothers can feel supported rather than timid and alone.

Women’s health advocates, including Dr. Gwendolyn Keita, Executive Director, Public Interest Directorate, joined Congressional champions in the fight against Postpartum Depression (PPD) to celebrate the enactment of the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act.  The MOTHERS Act, authored by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL), was signed into law as part of health insurance reform. The brand new law establishes a comprehensive federal commitment to combating postpartum depression through new research, education initiatives, and voluntary support service programs.

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To read more about postpartum depression, visit the WPO page.