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Hooray for New Jersey- 3 years of Screening!

Posted Aug 04 2009 6:27pm
Here's an article celebrating the 3 year anniversary of New Jersey becoming the first and only state in the US to require screening for postpartum depression.

Recently, New Jersey celebrated the third year anniversary of legislation that requires health care professionals who provide postnatal care to screen mothers for post partum depression. New Jersey is still the only state in the country to mandate such a screening. According to the state Department of Health and Senior Services, every year, 11,000 to 16,000 women in New Jersey experience depression shortly after having a child, and up to 80 percent of mothers experience some form of “baby blues.”

Agencies throughout Hudson County provide assistance to women seeking help, and have taken part in a new campaign called Speak Up When You’re Down.
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