Helena Bradford of the Ruth Rhoden Craven Foundation sent me the following information about an upcoming conference, so I wanted to help get the word out:
The Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health is hosting an event entitled “Expecting Something Better: A Conference to Optimize Maternal Health Care”. It will be held in Washington, DC on May 18 and 19 at the Westin Grand Hotel.The conference is a working meeting intended for experts in maternal health, including policymakers, researchers, health care providers and public health officials. The role of attendees is to be part of working groups that develop recommendations to improve maternal health care. The conference will focus on four key areas:
* Maternal health in the context of a woman’s life span
* Morbidity and mortality in pregnancy
* Disparities in maternal health
* The content of prenatal care
Registration is $199 for the event. Find out more at


Let me give my 2 cents to the experts who will attend: Prenatal care of pregnant women is a big issue. So many of the women who experience postpartum mood disorders are blindsided by them because no one warned them properly when they were pregnant. This makes their suffering much, much worse, because they have no idea what’s wrong with them and they think they’re all alone. With all of the ob/gyn appointments and birthing classes and such, you would think someone along the line could provide clear and comprehensive information to us, but they don’t. I suppose it’s because they don’t want to upset already emotionally fragile pregnant women. I think it’s more important to be informed than to be overprotected. We’re women, for goodness sake! If we can handle birth, and if we can survive PPD, then we can survive a little up front honesty about postpartum mood disorders.