Yesterday, received the great news from Randy Gibbs, Executive Director of Jenny’s Light, brother of Jennifer Gibbs and uncle of Graham Gibbs, that this amazing organization is endorsing the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act.
Based in Minnesota, Jenny’s Light is a not-for-profit organization created by the families of Jennifer and Graham Gibbs Bankston in response to their tragic, unnecessary deaths from postpartum illnesses. The mission of Jenny’s Light is to improve and save lives by increasing awareness of all perinatal mood disorders including postpartum depression.
As support for the legislation widens and deepens among our nation’s professional and non profit organizations, we would also like to hear from regional, public and private entities who wish to go on record in support of this legislation. Perinatal Pro intends to create a new state by state listing on this website of all organizations, blogs, consortia, websites and/or practices who want to proclaim their support for this legislation. We need to intensify our message to Congress that investment in America’s mothers and infants must remain a top priority, especially amidst challenging times which create additional stressors for our nation’s families.
2007 was a year of record births in this country at over 4.4 million. We need to be sure the systems are in place to support these mothers, infants and families, by raising awareness, educating providers and establishing accessible help networks in every community across America.
If you would like to see your organization listed here, please email me with the name and contact person in your organization.
Meanwhile, if you haven’t already, please sign the petition in support of The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act.