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8. Is anything currently being done to improve access to treatment and support services for women with postpartum depression?
The Andrea Yates case has undoubtedly raised awareness of postpartum mood disorders. Representative Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Senators Peter Fitzgerald (R-IL) and Richard Durbin (D-IL) are sponsoring a bill, the "Melanie Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act" (H.R. 2380/S. 1535), which asks for funding for research and services for PPD. ACOG supports this legislation. ACOG also offers a patient education brochure, Postpartum Depression. A single copy of the brochure can be ordered by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Resource Center/AP091, PO Box 96920, Washington, DC 20090-6920. To purchase bulk copies, call 800-762-2264, ext. 245, or order online.
ACOG Press Release, January 2002
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the national medical organization representing nearly 40,000 physicians who provide health care for women.