But others of our sisters, up to 20 percent, walk a different road which too often results in a lonely, isolated shame.
The emergence of public awareness campaigns, research and community response has begun to broaden understanding, as has the passage of federal legislation which further validates the need to address this unmet crisis.
Parnham has brought the force of his intellect, experience and ethics to stand beside those enduring the judgments that come from the most extreme and tragic responses to motherhood--a place only the bravest would dare to venture. His decision to now represent a mother whose crime will find little sympathy in the court of public opinion demonstrates his continuing pro-social commitment to contexted understanding of all facts that lead to such tragedies.
It is inevitable to wonder about the child's defense. While some may feel representation of this tiny innocent victim is absent, exactly the opposite is true when Parnham takes the case. Through his advocacy, peer education and legal platform, Parnham protects and defends the victims of such preventable deaths by forcing a community to consider its own culpability in turning a blind eye to maternal mental illness. With appropriate treatment, these are preventable deaths.
In the above article, it is most unfortunate that the reporter chose to term the Yates tragedy and this infanticide as resulting from postpartum depression instead of the more accurate (in Yates case) postpartum psychosis. This misattribution commonly occurs in the media serving to fuel confusion, alienation and fear, warping understanding and increasing stigma.