Wellness: Motherhelp by Maureen Turner
A state commission on post-partum depression organizes resources for moms in crisis.
The Valley Advocate 03/02/12
"Typically, bills that aim to make public policy changes ride a slow track through the Massachusetts Legislature; it's not unusual for proponents to refile their bills over multiple legislative sessions, only to see the proposal not come up for a vote until it's been through several iterations—if ever.
That made it all the more impressive when state Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst) saw a bill she'd filed early in 2009 to help women with post-partum depression pass in just one session.
Among other things, the new law creates a commission made up of state officials, medical professionals and others involved in the field to advise the Department of Public Health on ways to improve services for new mothers. Appointees include Liz Friedman, a Northampton mother who herself has experienced post-partum crisis and who now works as program director at MotherWoman, the Amherst-based nonprofit that was instrumental in the bill's passage."...