Friday, April 23, 2010

California designates May as Perinatal Depression Awareness Month

(SACRAMENTO, CA) -   The Junior Leagues of California's State Public Affairs Committee (SPAC), working with Assembly Member Pedro Nava (D-Santa Barbara), sponsored Assembly Concurrent Resolution 105 (ACR 105) to designate each May as "Perinatal Depression Awareness Month" in California. The bill received tremendous bi-partisan support and unanimously passed both the Assembly and Senate.
"This legislation addresses a significant women's health and public awareness problem," said Assembly Member Nava. "It comes after 18 months of advocacy work by SPAC and individual Junior Leagues in California. By naming the month of May 'Perinatal Depression Awareness' Month, I hope to facilitate public discussion, increased awareness and access for women and their families to important health care services. The Junior Leagues' support was critical, and I thank the leaders of SPAC for their time and energy in bringing this often misunderstood issue to a wider audience."

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Just the Facts - Research Notes

Did you Know..... According to several studies in the early 1990s, children of depressed mothers are more significantly delayed in cognition and language development than peers raised by mothers who are not depressed. (Hammen, 2003)

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