Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush (il.), Statement On The Forthcoming Book On Postpartum Depression By Actress Brooke Shields.

Apr 28, 2004
Press Release

Chicago, IL. ---- U.S. Rep. Bobby L. Rush (IL.), released the following statement:
Postpartum depression is a critical issue, and one that all Americans should recognize as a  serious and a debilitating disorder that affects childbearing women and their families everyday.

I commend the actress Brooke Shields for her honesty, and for sharing her story with the public.  Her experiences will bring national attention and increased awareness about postpartum and its devastating effects to the American family.  No one knows for sure what causes postpartum depression, but we do know that it is treatable if properly diagnosed. 

That is why I sponsored H.R. 846, the Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act.  This bill provides for research on and services for individuals with postpartum depression and psychosis. The bill was named for Chicago-native, Mrs. Melanie Blocker, who was a successful pharmaceutical sales manager who jumped to her death from a 12-story window ledge on June 11, 2001 after a valiant fight against the disorder, which included being hospitalized a total of three times. 

I welcome the opportunity to work with Ms. Shields and other women who have experienced this disorder in getting this important legislation passed.

For a copy of H.R. 846, original co-sponsors please go to the website: www. and/or call 202/225.4372.