Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Lest anyone doubt there is reason to support education and awareness about post-partum depression, consider this article from the UK...

'Baby blues' mother killed her son weeks after he left care
By Andrew Levy
Last updated at 2:04 AM on 23rd December 2008

A mother suffering from post-natal depression killed her baby son just weeks after social services took him out of foster care and handed him back to her.

Joanne Mallinder, 37, considered putting Jack up for adoption and asked for him to be taken into care even before he was born.

However, she changed her mind after the birth and they were reunited a month later.

Eight weeks on, she shook three-month-old Jack so hard that he suffered massive, irreparable brain damage, a jury heard.

He died from his injuries in hospital 13 months later.

What you can do: support the Melanie-Blocker Stokes Mothers Act when it's reintroduced in the next Congress. Here's Katstone with suggestions...

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