Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Congressman Rush Invites Mother Of Local Woman, Who Jumped To Her Death As A Result Of Postpartum Depression To Testify On Capitol Hill Carol Blocker Will Share Testimony In Support Of Passage Of Rushs Bill

Sep 29, 2004
Press Release

Washington ---- Congressman Rush announced today that the Subcommittee on Health Committee on Energy and Commerce, of which he is a member, will hear testimony from Carol Blocker, in support of his bill, H.R. 846 -Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act at the hearing, "Improving Women's Health: Understanding Depression After Pregnancy."   

        "While postpartum depression directly affects women, it has a detrimental impact  on the entire family if left undiagnosed or untreated," said Congressman Rush.  "Carol Blockers courage to share her daughters battle with this disease was key to my involvement. With the passing of the Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act, we can save women like Melanie and further sensitize the public's awareness on this important issue through research, funding and education. 

        According to studies, 60-80% of women who have recently given birth experience symptoms of postpartum blues. Postpartum depression, which is more serious, affects up to 20% of new mothers, such as the late Melanie Blocker-Stokes.  With symptoms such as despondency, sadness, fatigue and anxiousness, this is an issue that impairs the joys of motherhood. 

            Currently raising her granddaughter, Carol Blocker expressed great optimism for passage of the bill Congressman Rush authored in her daughters memory. I am thankful to Congressman Rush, and pray that the Committee will finally act on this legislation to spare countless of other women and their families from the horrible consequences of this disease, said Mrs. Blocker.  Congressman Rush also invited Dr. Nada Stotland of the American Psychiatric Association to share her expert testimony. 


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