“Advocating for Women with Postpartum Mental Illness: Changing the Law and Transforming the National Climate”

•June 12, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Exciting our publisher Rowman & Littlefield just gave approval to our upcoming book title… to be Released in January 2020!!!

“Advocating for Women with Postpartum Mental Illness: Changing the Law and Transforming the National Climate”

Following our visit to Logan last week, we learned this week that the first of the women at Logan Penitentiary have opened negotiations for a sentence reduction by agreement with the prosecutor, based upon the new law that Bill Ryan, Barry and I have ushered through the IL General Assembly.

I hope all our friends realize these women are not monsters. Even if you may have thought so at the time of their offenses, given the sometimes adverse publicity they got, that was decades ago. They should get freedom after all these years. Many have served 30 or more years for a temporary maternal mental illness!

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Illinois PA 100-0574 is the first postpartum depression & postpartum psychosis criminal law in the nation!

•June 4, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Illinois PA 100-0574 is the first criminal law in the U.S. that identifies postpartum depression & postpartum psychosis as “mitigating factors” in sentencing!

Attorney Barry Lewis and I worked together to usher in the first postpartum criminal law in the nation, IL PA 100-0574.

Lewis and I received the 2018 Maternal Mental Health Award for our work in Policy and Advocacy.

Lewis and I are co-authoring a book on Postpartum Illnesses, Advocacy and Criminal Law, to be published in January 2020 by Rowman & Littlefield.

Presentations scheduled, at Postpartum Support International in Portland, Oregon in June 2019 on Perinatal Legal Issues and the ground-breaking Illinois law PA 100-0574.

With presentations and our upcoming book, we hope to encourage similar legislation in other states.. helping women who suffered from postpartum psychosis and postpartum depression.

Check out my website: drsusanbfeingold

Recipient of 2018 Maternal Mental Health Award

•June 4, 2019 • Leave a Comment

Providing Expert Testimony on IL House Bill 1764 to the Judiciary-Criminal Committee at the State Legislature

•April 2, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I want to thank Representative Linda Chapa LaVia and Bill Ryan for their efforts, sponsorship and support of HB 1764. It is due to their dedication that women with postpartum depression and psychosis who commit crimes when mentally ill, have a better chance of having these “mitigating factors” considered in sentencing and in post-conviction petitions. This legislation once passed, would amend the Code of Corrections to consider postpartum mental illness in prosecuting these women. I am hopeful that the full House will vote affirmatively on this bill, leading to greater likelihood of women with postpartum mental illness getting treatment rather than just incarceration and punishment.

It was an amazing experience to be able to give expert testimony to the Judiciary-Criminal Committee of the IL State Legislature this week with Lita Simanis, LCSW, Coordinator of Perinatal Program for Amita Health.

It is critical that we all make contact with our IL representatives in the House to ask for their full support of this important piece of legislation, which is coming up for a vote in May. I will keep you informed once I find out the exact date of the House vote on HB1764.

Stay tuned for more information and please contact your IL State representatives.
Susan Susan Benjamin Feingold, Psy.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Author of: “Happy Endings, New Beginnings: Navigating Postpartum Disorders”
(New Horizon Press, 2013)

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Web: drsusanbfeingold.com
Blog: post-postpartumdepressionblog.com Email: Susanbf@sbcglobal.net

What Have I been doing rather than blogging?

•January 24, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I have to admit it’s been a while since I have blogged. I have been busy over the past few months with several projects.

I  helped to usher in the first postpartum depression and postpartum psychosis criminal law in the nation, IL PA 100-0574.

Attorney Barry Lewis and I received the 2018 Maternal Mental Health Award for our work in Policy and Advocacy.

Lewis and I are co-authoring a book on Postpartum Illnesses, Advocacy and Criminal Law, to be published in January 2020 by Rowman & Littlefield.

Presentations scheduled, at Postpartum Support International in Portland, Oregon in June 2019 on Perinatal Legal Issues and the ground-breaking Illinois law PA 100-0574.

Check out my website: drsusanbfeingold

The 11 Facts Moms-to-be Should Know About Postpartum Depression

•March 30, 2016 • 1 Comment

I’m pleased to report that I was interviewed for an article by Self Magazine Health Editor, Amy Marturana on Postpartum Depression.

The article focused on the facts (vs Myths) about postpartum mood and anxiety disorders, with the intent that moms-to-be should be aware of the signs and symptoms in order to be educated about this common complication of pregnancy and childbirth. To be educated is a way of being prepared and proactive. We find that early identification and treatment means an early recovery for the mom, as well as a better connection with their baby and their spouse.

Self.com published the article last week (see the link below).

http://www.self.com/wellness/2016/03/11-postpartum-depression-facts-all-moms-to-be-need-to-know/

iPhone App Helps to Explore the Link of Genetics to Postpartum Depression

•March 22, 2016 • Leave a Comment

There are times I dislike our use of technology, but today I had a change of heart, as I read the story in the NY Times of The University of North Carolina team that is using an iPhone app to recruit women who have had postpartum depression so as to explore the possibility of a genetic link.

Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, Director of the perinatal psychiatry program at the University of North Carolina, along with other researchers in her team are trying to understand the genetic underpinnings of perinatal disorders by collecting DNA samples from a large group of women (100,000) who have had postpartum depression and compare these samples to the DNA from women who have not experienced the illness.

The free App, PPD ACT will be used to recruit and assess women who have experienced PMAD. Women with high scores will be asked to submit DNA through a saliva test. For more information, refer to the link below.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2016/03/22/health/postpartum-depression-genetics-iphone-app.html?emc=edit_tnt_20160321&nlid=47798743&tntemail0=y&referer=http://m.facebook.com&_r=0

 
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