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Postpartum depression can strike any new mother. Research shows that approximately 15 percent of new mothers suffer from postpartum depression. In Pennsylvania, this means about 21,000 infants and moms are affected each year.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that when a mother suffers from postpartum depression, her baby’s brain and development can be adversely affected. There is increased danger of child abuse and neglect. Plus, the cost of providing medical care increases.
#StrongMomStrongBaby is a statewide effort to amend the existing early intervention law (Act 212 of 1990) to add postpartum depression as an at-risk condition allowing infants to undergo assessments, parents to receive assistance in bonding with their babies, and if needed, early intervention services to ensure moms and babies have the best start together.
Sign your name to show your support for at risk moms and babies and encourage the amendment of PA Act 212 of 1990.
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