Require Postpartum Depression Screenings in all National Hospitals

Require Postpartum Depression Screenings in all National Hospitals

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Allison Carter started this petition to American Hospital Association (AHA) and

Postpartum depression can be an incredibly dangerous diagnosis to mothers and their families, yet this mental health disorder is often not taken seriously because of the stigmas that surround it. Many interventions exist to help mothers who experience symptoms of postpartum depression, but most of the mothers that do are mostly unaware that they might have a mental health disorder. In Arkansas, there are currently no mandates or laws in place that require hospitals to screen mothers for postpartum depression. I am unaware of any that exist at the national level either. 

This petition is designed to hold the American Hospital Association accountable for considering mental health in patients' hospital experiences. All hospitals in America should require mandatory postpartum depression screening for mothers with new infants, and mothers who are identified as being high-risk for developing postpartum depression should be given informational packets and referrals to therapists if desired. Implementing this intervention would not only help many mothers, but their infants as well. So often, infants and families suffer from their parents' lack of mental health diagnoses and available services. If this intervention were to come to fruition, newborn safety would be better accounted for and parents' feelings toward their children could improve.

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