May has been a busy month for activities related to the advancement of our federal PPD Legislation, The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act.
The month began with the Valley Hospital Press Conference (see previous post) in which Senator Menendez continued his committed journey to pass the legislation this year, noting its alignment with this administration’s focus on healthcare reform. As an invited speaker, my comments praised both the unfailing efforts of Senator Menendez and those of community healthcare professionals who work with new mothers and families saving lives every day through their dedication and commitment.
Apparently, also this month actress Kirstie Alley, the mother of two adopted children and a noted Scientologist, publicly proclaimed her opposition to the legislation. Despite initial incredulity, I feel hopeful that because her statements were based on the same misinformation being circulated by some groups, she may change her mind when she reads the bill! Kirstie, you can read the bill in its entirety right here at www.PerinatalPro.com/ppdlegislation.html
Your followers on Twitter will appreciate your willingness to thoroughly investigate such claims!
So the timely opportunity to address these misrepresentations was gladly accepted when Dr. Shoshana Bennett invited me to participate with her on Dr. William Thornton’s national radio show called “Natural Health”. You can listen to the show at http://www.divshare.com/download/7494386-dee
Dr. Thornton’s show has thousands of listeners and will air again next Monday at 9 AM PST and during other time slots at stations across the country (and internationally) throughout the next few weeks. My part of the interview directly focuses on the baseless fears being generated by those who are desperate to slow the quickening pace of enormous support for the The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act!
Note the wide range of services that this bill will fund!! Initiatives like public awareness campaigns, education and research that could PREVENT or reduce the incidence of untreated maternal mood disorders.