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October 24, 2007

Blogging for a Cause: The Mothers Act

Blogher_actToday I blog in support of a very worthy cause: The Mothers Act. Although I typically like to keep my blogging to topics that are light, humorous, or related to the latest activities of my two girls, there are times that call for more serious dialogue. And this is one of them. So, I am participating in "Blog Day for the MOTHERS Act!".

The intent of the bill known as The Mothers Act is:
"To ensure that new mothers and their families are educated about postpartum depression, screened for symptoms, and provided with essential services, and to increase research at the National Institutes of Health on postpartum depression."

While I've never suffered from postpartum depression (PPD), I can't imagine being one of the 10-20% of new moms who do suffer from it. Let's face it, motherhood is difficult enough especially in the first few months. In today's world where so much is known about the "baby blues", PPD, and postpartum psychosis, it's time to help lift the weight of depression by erasing the shame and stigma associated with these conditions. And what better way than to simply TALK to new moms and sincerely ASK them how they are feeling. After all, there are moms and children out there who can greatly benefit from this Act.

I know that times can change and do change when there are there are enough voices calling out for it. Please add your voice to the mix by doing any or all of the following:
1. Blog about The Mothers Act today, October 14, 2007.
2. Link your blog to BlogHer here.
3. Display a Blog Day Mothers Act button on your site.
4. Call or write your Senator to support the Mothers Act. This Full House has provided an easy script for you:  "I'm calling because I want the Senator to vote for the MOTHERS Act, Senate Bill 1375.
I vote and live in the Senator's state."

5. Ask your friends and fellow bloggers to participate too!

Thank you!!

Also posted at my personal blog, Go-Go Mommy.

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