The Mother’s Act is the screening of pregnant women for any signs of mental illness, prior to giving birth and after birth. The bill mandates use of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDS), shown to triple the number of women “diagnosed.” The first question on the EPDS test is “I have been able to laugh and see the funny side of things.” If a mother cannot laugh and see the funny side of things perhaps it is due to lack of sleep, (which will eventually improve), hormonal imbalances that can be addressed by the doctor or thyroid problems for which new mother’s should be regularly screened. Mothers and family members should be educated on what to expect from being a new mother not drugged which results in additional mental and physical symptoms.
The Mother’s Act bill which was before Congress already passed the House of Representatives and is now before the Senate. It will definitely increase new mothers being prescribed antidepressants and antipsychotics, the most common treatment for women diagnosed with postpartum depression. The worse case scenario would be the mother being prescribed electric shock treatments (I use the word treatments, but a better terms would be abuse or torture).
The Informed Consent Doctrine requires the following prior to doctors administering a procedure or treatment of a patient:
· the nature of the procedure
· the risks
· the benefits
· the availability of alternative treatment (including no treatment) and the risks and benefits thereof.
The doctor must provide the patient with this information while proposing a specific treatment. The Mother’s Act violates Informed Consent because the test will be mandatory. Write your senator today against The Mother’s Act.
Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights http://www.cchr.org/mothers_act.html
“The Mother’s Act: Thalidomide Revisited?” by Fred A. Baughman, Jr., MD** & Amy Philo http://sev.prnewswire.com/health-care-hospitals/20080523/LAF06423052008-1.html
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