U.S. Senator Robert Menendez, Congressman Bobby L. Rush announce celebration of postpartum depression legislation passage

MEDIA ADVISORY

THIS MOTHER’S DAY,

AN EXTRA GIFT FOR NEW MOTHERS

Celebration Thursday for new MOTHERS Act law to create support structure for combating postpartum

Women’s health advocates to join Sen. Menendez, Rep. Rush on The Hill

WASHINGTON – With Mother’s Day approaching, women’s health advocates will join Congressional champions in the fight against Postpartum Depression to celebrate the enactment of the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act, the initiative to combat postpartum depression signed into law as part of health insurance reform. The law was authored by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), who will help lead Thursday’s event. The brand new law will establish a comprehensive federal commitment to combating postpartum depression through new research, education initiatives and voluntarily support service programs.

Carol Blocker, the mother of the bill’s namesake, will be in attendance. Her daughter Melanie committed suicide as a result of postpartum depression.

WHAT: Leading up to Mother’s Day, celebration of new law to help new mothers combat postpartum depression

WHO: U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senator sponsor of MOTHERS Act

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL), House sponsor of MOTHERS Act

Carol Blocker, mother of the late Melanie Blocker Stokes

Susan Dowd Stone, Postpartum Support International

Katherine Stone, Postpartum Progress website

Sylvia Lasalandra, author, “A Daughter’s Touch”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American Psychological Association (APA)

OTHER ADVOCATES

WHEN: Thursday, May 6

11:30am

WHERE: Senate Swamp, Upper Senate Park (next to Russell Senate Office Building)

Constitution Ave and Delaware Ave, NE

Washington, DC

RAIN LOCATION:

S-120, U.S. Capitol

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