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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 2, 2019 09:27 AM
From: Senator Camera Bartolotta
To: All Senate members
Subject: Postpartum Depression Awareness Month Resolution - May 2019
In the near future, I will introduce a resolution designating May 2019 as “Postpartum Depression Awareness Month” in Pennsylvania.

Following the birth of a child, many new moms experience postpartum baby blues. However, one in seven women experience a more severe, long-lasting form of depression known as postpartum depression. Symptoms of postpartum depression vary and can range from mild to severe, but typically include depressed mood or severe mood swings, excessive crying, irritability and anger, difficulty bonding with the baby, withdrawing from family and friends, appetite problems, feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy, and recurrent thoughts of death or suicide.

Research by the American Psychological Association indicates that 15 percent of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression. In Pennsylvania, this means about 21,000 babies and their mothers are annually affected by this mood disorder. Unfortunately, many women do not seek professional treatment because of the stigma associated with postpartum depression. Only 15 percent of women with postpartum depression ever receive professional treatment, which means many women across the country each year are not getting the support they need.

The best way to combat this disorder is to educate the community, raise awareness and provide screening to identify those who may be at higher risk.

Please join me in the effort to bring attention to a struggle that impacts so many by cosponsoring this resolution.

Introduced as SR108