I see a link to A m y P h i l o ‘s blog about her interpretation of the MOTHERS Act was automatically generated and placed at the bottom of one of my posts here.

She is, among other titles, co-founder of Children and Adults Against Drugging America. Google her for the site. She had an unfortunate time with an antidepressant. She was prescribed something when she and her infant were whisked in to the ER for choking on baby formula.

Apparently, like many other moms all around the country, she was given no information about the kinds of things she may experience by taking her medication (an antidepressant). She goes on to say after she was on the medication (no time frame mentioned) she saw images of herself (a ghost), her baby and the top of the stairs.

When she went to the hospital for help with these thoughts–a different medication–she was put in the psych ward for what sounds like a 72-hour hold. She had no choice as to whether she stayed or not.

Increasing her medication apparently made her worse. And worse.

She began feeling better when she stopped taking her medication.

Okay. I can understand not wanting anyone else to experience the same thing. I also understand there are many, many mothers out there who have recovered because they took an antidepressant.

I can understand personal choice. But trying to block the MOTHERS Act?

The MOTHERS Act will ensure that new moms and their families are educated about postpartum depression, screened for symptoms, and provided with essential services. In addition, it will increase research into the causes, diagnoses and treatments for postpartum depression.

The Act is intended to educate mothers and families about what postpartum depression is, like the OB offices do with pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes. And a part of the Act includes continued research, which would be passed along to doctors and medical professionals. I don’t see anywhere in the language that says the government will come to your house. But Ms. P. appears to.

If we were to fast-forward 10 years and then Ms. P. were to go to the doctor for choking on formula, I imagine the outcome would be quite different than what she went through previously. Even sooner than that, if she were to have a collaborative physician prescribing and following her medication treatment she would ….well, it just could have been different.

Finding professionals who have specific training for treating PPD is, at least in 2008, important. It is often still a difficult task to accomplish, but it is improving.