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Melanie Blocker Stokes Mom's Opportunity To Access Health, Education, Research, And Support For Postpartum Depression Act

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MELANIE BLOCKER STOKES MOM'S OPPORTUNITY TO ACCESS HEALTH, EDUCATION, RESEARCH, AND SUPPORT FOR POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION ACT -- (House of Representatives - March 30, 2009)

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Mr. SCALISE. Mr. Speaker, I yield myself such time as I may consume.

I rise today in support of H.R. 20, the Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act. Last Congress, the Energy and Commerce Committee held hearings on this issue that were deeply emotional, especially when testimony was presented by Melanie Blocker Stokes' mother. This bill highlights the need to increase awareness of postpartum depression and expand the knowledge of its terrible effects.

It is important to note that as many as 80 percent of women experience some mood disturbances after pregnancy. For most women, the symptoms are mild and go away on their own. But 10 to 20 percent of women develop a more disabling form of mood disorder called postpartum depression.

This legislation encourages the continuation of research being done by Federal agencies to determine the causes of postpartum depression and how it can better be treated. I stand in support of this legislation and hope that my colleagues will join me.

I reserve the balance of my time.

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