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H.R. 20, The Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act (21 comments ↓ | 8 wiki edits: view article ↓)

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H.R. 20 would provide for research on, and services for individuals with, postpartum depression and psychosis.

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Troy

July 25, 2008, 6:13pm (report abuse)

This bill requires all pregnant women receive mandatory psychiatric screening and treatment to find if they have a mental disorder. Read: huge money for the medical cartels.

melshae

July 25, 2008, 6:55pm (report abuse)

when they're pregnant - isn't that a little late? why not just require everyone of breedable age to undergo the screening to get a copulation license?? while we're returning to Naughtzie Germ Many, we may as well just do genetic tests for predisposition to mental "disorders" (which will be expanded in the scientific literature to include include "polical dissent") and require abortions if they test positive!!! really makes me want to reproduce, as if the likelihood my child would be sent off to die in useless illegal wars wasn't enough discouragement.

gwen

July 26, 2008, 10:53am (report abuse)

whats to be researched? they call it hormones. The female body has a "crash" after giving birth, and things just have to regulate back to normal. how about; The representatives in Washington DC need their brains examined for all this continual waste and nonsense research and disgust act.

Amy Philo

July 26, 2008, 8:51pm (report abuse)

Please go to www.uniteforlife.org to get a pdf you can print and fax as well as a 3 page list of all 100 Senators' contact info!!!!!

http://www.uniteforlife.org/mylifeisinyourhandsfax.pdf

http://www.uniteforlife.org/senatecontacts.pdf

Tax dollars going for treason...

It's time for FDA reform and pulling non-beneficial black box suicide causing antidepressants from the market, not shoving them down the throats of pregnant and nursing moms.

Proponents believe that passing this bill will magically end the suffering of mothers in the U.S. The only way that's true is by ending their suffering permanently by causing them to kill themselves just like the psychiatrists did to Melanie Stokes with their four separate drug cocktails and electroshock.

What an outrage in the name of someone who would be alive today if it weren't for the ignorant drug pushing activities of the same groups who promote the bill, and if not for the incompetent FDA and uninformed doctors.

OMG..SCARY STUFF

July 28, 2008, 7:42pm (report abuse)

Maybe they are going to SNEAK this Stuff in Women Prenatal Pills While Pregnant.

Mom

July 28, 2008, 8:52pm (report abuse)

Wow! Aren't we getting just a little too much into depression during and after pregnancy? What happened to "don't take drugs while you are

pregnant"? These people need to get real...keep government out of our personal rights and responsibilities!

MagicStarER

July 28, 2008, 9:41pm (report abuse)

I'm an RN. Ingestion of these medications during pregnancy is proven to be harmful to developing fetuses, ineffective 4 the treatment of depression & WORSENS the symptoms of depression! The people who wrote this ridiculous legislation are lay people who know NOTHING about Pharmacology & even LESS about Psychiatry. How DARE they try to pass laws REQUIRING people to take medications harmful to their babies & to themselves! With no medical knowledge! And the RIGHT TO CONSENT TO TREATMENT? They need to be slapped back down to size & need to be told to get out of what is NONE OF THEIR BUSINESS nor within their sphere of knowledge & WORK ON IMPEACHING THE CROOKS IN OUR WHITE HOUSE! The dx of medical conditions & treatment should be left to the discretion of qualified MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, not to members of the Congress & the Senate unable to understand the US Constitution, much less the effects of potentially dangerous medications.

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MagicStarER

July 28, 2008, 9:46pm (report abuse)

SIGN THE PETITION TO STOP THE MOTHER'S ACT - TELL THE GOVERNMENT TO LEAVE THE DIAGNOSING AND TREATMENT OF MEDICAL CONDITIONS IN THE HANDS OF QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONALS, NOT MEMBERS OF CONGRESS AND THE SENATE WHO KNOW NOTHING ABOUT PHARMACOLOGY NOR PSYCHIATRY:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-the-dangerous-and-invasive-mothers-act

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MagicStarER, RN

July 28, 2008, 9:48pm (report abuse)

Please go look at this picture of a Paxil baby:

http://blog.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendID=231882967&blogID=418970841

Then go sign the petition to stop the Mother's Act:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-the-dangerous-and-invasive-mothers-act

Mama Howard

July 28, 2008, 10:12pm (report abuse)

When I was pregnant with my son I had two OBGYN's tell me that Paxil was safe for me to take while I was pregnant. It was only a year later that I found out that a new report had come out and it said Paxil was one of the worst drugs to be on while pregnant. I immediately wanted my son screened for heart defects and I remember his Pediatrician looking at me strangely because I wanted my son's heart tested. He had not heard the new report about Paxil. Luckily, my son was fine, but I remember sobbing for days and I wanted to stick my fist up in the air at the Pharmaceutical companies and my doctor's who told me all through out my pregnancy that this drug was safe.

Britta

July 29, 2008, 9:55am (report abuse)

This is disgusting. I can not believe that anyone thinks they have the right to pass legislation like this. What are we living in Nazi Germany? What happened to the right to deny medical treatment? Thanks but no thanks. The Senate needs to remember who puts them in power and who they are supposed to be representing, I don't think its the drug companies.

CAROLYN

July 29, 2008, 3:21pm (report abuse)

I AM TOTALLY OUTRAGED, I KNOW THAT THESE DRUGS MAKE YOU WORSE, ONE OF MY BEST FRIENDS, OF 25 YRS, TOOK HIS OWN LIFE, DUE TO BEING ON THESE DRUGS!!! IF THE DRS. EVEN SUGGEST THAT YOU TAKE SUCH A DRUG,WHILE PREGNANT, THEY SHOULD LOSE THEIR LICENSE!!!***ITS "ALL ABOUT" THE MONEY, NOT OUR HEALTH! ***LISTEN TO YOUR BODY, IT WILL TELL YOU WHEN SOMETHING IS WRONG, YOU JUST HAVE TO LISTEN- - - -WAKE THE *F* UP, PEOPLE- - - IT IS SO VERY WRONG, FOR ANY OF US WHO ARE PREGNANT TO TAKE "ANY" DRUGS, - - -SO, - - -USE YOUR MINDS, USE YOUR BRAINS- - -YOU-ALL ARE NOT STUPID, JUST MISINFORMED. MAY GOD HELP ANYONE OUT THERE WHO IS, OR HAS TAKEN ANY TYPE OF MEDS, FOR DEPRESSION, DUE TO BEING PREGNANT!!! PLEASE, PLEASE DONT DO IT!!!

Jean

August 2, 2008, 1:46pm (report abuse)

More research is needed on this subject! I personally have experienced a post-partum psychosis and it was the scariest thing I've ever been through! Take the worst horror movie you've ever seen and then imagine yourself living it for real. That is what it is like to have a psychotic episode. Post-partum, hormones are going crazy and it can become dangerous. Any psychotic episode poses a threat to the person having it and every single person they come into contact with. There is a direct correlation between hormones and the brain. Why should there not be research and programs to help educate and possibly prevent them from ever happening?

Maddy's Mom

August 5, 2008, 2:43pm (report abuse)

Please go back and read the entire bill. Nowhere in the bill does it require any mother to receive treatement. In fact this bill is all about funding research and providing grants to organizations that would aide further research. This is NOT a bill about drugs. I was on SSRIs for 8 years before I got pregnant and thought they were horrible. In fact, I refuse to go back on an SSRI ever again because I feel they only compounded my symptoms of depression, anxiety, and PTSD. I had stopped taking them 6 months before becoming pregnant with my daughter and now won't even take tylonol. We are a holistic family and prefer natural remedies for everything. I am still breastfeeding my 16 month old daughter and will until she is at least 24 months-- if not longer, which makes any medication unsafe in my eyes.

I understand the concern and support being against pill popping moms, but that isn't what this bill is about. It's about reaching out to moms who don't know they need help.

Maddy's Mom

August 5, 2008, 3:01pm (report abuse)

Also, if you want to really support a cause that will help fight post-partum depression and other new mom emotional problems, support breastfeeding. Gwen seems to believe that post-partum depression is all natural hormones, but it can be a very dangerous affliction. If you look at the very scant research done on post-partum diagnosed mothers, the majority of them do not breastfeed or had problems breastfeeding and stopped.

If there was more support for the very natural act of breastfeeding to help mothers succeed then their bodies would not be secreting hormones that are basically reacting the lack of use their milk ducts are getting. Breastfeeding secreets hormones into your body that relax you, help you feel secure, and give you a loving feeling toward your child. Breastfeeding also helps a mother bond. There are many other benefits physically for both mother and child that I don't have room to mention here. Be proactive... find answers rather than fight research.

Amy Philo

August 6, 2008, 2:58am (report abuse)

Nothing could be more dangerous for new moms than putting them on drugs with no benefit and a host of risks including actually inducing PPP (1000% increase in psychosis for new moms who take antidepressants) and spontaneous abortions etc. If you support this bill you are probably on drugs therefore not capable of thinking clearly enough to read the bill. I have heard so many times that screening and medication are not required yet if you read the statements of so many doctors they say screening is required and there is a justification for force as well as for preemptive drugging of the pregnant women considered "at risk."

Don't be fooled by this legislation's advocates and the drug apologists. If you want to protect yourself from the psycho down the street who is on the pills and could murder you if you happen to be in her way, then we need drug reform. Stopping the bill does not go far enough. I have been to the edge and back because of Zoloft. I survived by stopping the drug.

Jodi

August 12, 2008, 10:39pm (report abuse)

I read the bill and I am not on drugs. I'm not sure how you got "pushing drugs on mothers" out of a bill that provides grants to be used for screening for perinatal mood disorders. I suffered from Post traumatic stress disorder after having my son, and if I would have been screened before I left the hospital, my doctor would have known that my birth experience was traumatic. If my doctor would have known, I would have been able to start counseling immediately and I may have been saved from the year of torture after having my son that was plagued with flashbacks, nightmares, and intense anxiety. Do you think it's any coincidence that this country has the second worst infant mortality rate in the developed world, and one of the highest rates of cesarean births in the as well (one in three, while the World Health Organization recommends one in ten)? We are also the only country in the developed world that discourages having midwifes attend births. Prevention and screening is the key.

Jim Moore

August 14, 2008, 2:03pm (report abuse)

While I think the intention of this bill is noble the reality of this bill looks very mixed. There should be clear warnings and a complete inforcement of true informed consent concerning the standard treatments that are promoted as valid. The facts are some people have terrible reactions to drugs and electroshock should have been banned decades ago. The very fact that electroshock and drugs are considered an option at all taints the whole effort with the sad fact that the medical field is still grasping at straws when it come to mental illness.

john parker

August 21, 2008, 4:51pm (report abuse)

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Hoa

September 19, 2008, 2:35pm (report abuse)

Please do not drug our nation by putting our unborn children at risk of drug side effects!

Feline

September 30, 2008, 10:51pm (report abuse)

I am so shocked by the comments posted. Aren't you all sick of seeing mothers kill their babies because they have PPD? Well I am; these women need recognition and so does PPD, please open your minds and stop thinking "Conspiracy."

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