“The Postpartum Depression Care Act” Pre-filed by Sen. Jill Schupp to Help New Mothers and Families

Postpartum suicide is the second leading cause of death for new mothers

Jefferson City, MO – Legislation to help the estimated 1 in 7 new mothers with symptoms of postpartum depression was pre-filed this week by State Sen. Jill Schupp, D-Creve Coeur. Detection and treatment of postpartum depression is critical to providing timely and affordable care and preventing death among new mothers.

Senate Bill 788 would require certain health care providers to give information on postpartum depression to new parents, and offer voluntary screening for new mothers during their regularly scheduled well-woman and well-baby check-ups following pregnancy.

“Missouri ranks as the sixth state in the nation for its high rate of maternal mortality. Pregnant women and new moms in Missouri need our help,” said Sen. Schupp. “We know that these deaths are preventable because the underlying issues are treatable. Recognizing and treating postpartum depression can save lives and help keep new families healthy and safe.”

The Postpartum Depression Care Act also ensures that women who screen positive for postpartum depression are able to receive access to treatment. MO HealthNet benefits for women who need postpartum depression care would be extended from 60 days postpartum to up to one year.

For more information on Sen. Schupp’s legislation, visit her official Missouri Senate website at www.senate.mo.gov/schupp.