Everyone who has any concern whatsoever about postpartum mood disorders must click on the following link: State of the State 2005 Highlights -Postpartum Wellness.
Governor Cody of New Jersey has announced a Postpartum Wellness Initiative. His plan includes the following:
New Jersey will be the first state in the nation to commit resources to uninsured new mothers for postpartum depression screenings and treatment.
Free mental health screenings and treatment to uninsured and underinsured new mothers.
Uninsured and underinsured new mothers would be referred to existing community behavioral health agencies for assessment and each would be eligible to receive mental health treatment.
Provide funding to DHSS for a medical education campaign for physicians, mid-level practitioners and nurses designed to recognize the signs and symptoms of PPD.
The educational campaign would enable the DHSS to work with nurses, mid-level practitioners and physician organizations to develop a program to enhance the education of medical providers regarding PPD.
What a hero! I am so excited I want to trumpet this from the mountaintops. I understand, of course, that it remains to be seen exactly how well designed and executed the program will actually be, but it’s a start. A wonderful start.