The expert resource for women, families and healthcare providers offering the information you need to combat the effects of pregnancy related mood disorders
U.S. Congressman Bobby Rush, Sylvia Lasalandra, U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW, Carol Blocker, Mary Jo Codey, Brooke Shields
Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act included in Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act!!
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act now includes postpartum depression legislation calling for research and funding for treatment/support protocols. Its passage and the inclusion of women's reproductive mental health in Healthcare Reform signals the end of the silent stigma that has reduced access to needed services and information for millions of American mothers.
Thank you to everyone who signed this petition galvanizing national attention on the need for its inclusion. Thank you for your continuing commitment to this long sought federal mandate and your work to bring women's reproductive mental health services to every community in America!
Click here to listento an audio segment on The MOTHERS Act with Dr. Michael Petriella, OB/GYN Hackensack University Medical Center, Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW and Celeste Andriot Wood, Assistant Commissioner, NJ Family Health Services
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UPDATE:Mikulski Amendment nowalso now included in the passed senate version of The Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act. This amendment encourages screening for postpartum depression and other women's medical issues. While not a part of The MOTHERS Act, we welcome and support this additional mandate which was the FIRST amendment introduced and passed in the healthcare reform bill! Important Disclosure
Perinatal Pro, Blue Skye Consulting LLC and Susan Dowd Stone, MSW, LCSW have no relationships or associations with pharmaceutical corporations or lobbyists including speaker bureaus or consulting relationships. This website is not supported by advertising of any kind from any entity.
Perinatal Pro's advocacy team has never personally received any payment from a lobbyist, or pharamaceutical corporation. Work in support of the bill's passage results from clinical work with thousands of women, educational endeavors, research, careful review/consultation of proposed initiatives and discussion with the world's leading experts on the issue. The legislative initiatives proposed will help clarify the etiology and best clinical response to pregnancy related mood disorders.
The mission of the website Perinatal Pro and its facilityBlue Skye Consultinglocated in Englewood Cliffs, NJ is to provide each woman/family with information which will support her unique recovery plan. Our perspective is holistic and based on personal empowerment through facilitation of choices and respect for each client's preferences and needs. There is no one size fits all to recover from postpartum mood disorders.
Regardless of your political stance on Healthcare Reform, we need to ensure our nation's mothers, infants and families are prominent beneficiaries of healthcare dollars.