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Leave a comment, win a prize: MOTHERS for PPD Act

October 24, 2007 | Audience participation,Blogging,Books,Family,Health,Motherhood,MOTHERS Act,PPD,Tracy Thompson


Updated to add: We have a winner! Announcement coming soon.

I saw that Tracy and Devra blogged about it. Then I saw that Sarah blogged about it. Then I saw lots of other people blogged about it.***

:::Hello, people (Devra, Sarah, Tracy)! You have my telephone number. Why didn’t you call me?::: So I’m late to the party. But, hey, I’m here, and it’s not over yet. Now where is my margarita?

Anyway, here’s the scoop. Today is Blog Day for the MOTHERS Act (S. 1375). Postpartum Support International, BlogHer and Postpartum Progress are supporting the passage of The MOTHERS Act — The Moms Opportunity to Access Help, Education, Research and Support for Postpartum Depression Act. Sponsored by Sens. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., and Richard Durbin, D-Ill., the act would ensure that new mothers and their families are educated about PPD, screened for symptoms and provided with essential services. It will also increase research into the causes, diagnoses and treatments for PPD.


Tracy knows a thing or two about maternal depression. She wrote a book about it called The Ghost in the House: Real Mothers Talk About Maternal Depression, Raising Children, and How They Cope. (And I got to meet her IRL earlier this month.)

Leave a comment, and I will put your name in a hat for a drawing of an autographed copy of Tracy’s book. Better yet, contact your senator, then leave a comment, then win a book. (Sarah‘s giving away a book too.)


  • ***Aw, jeez, I thought I was being so slick with a list, but I see that Katherine Stone at Postpartum Progress already has a comprehensive list. Oh well. Here’s my list.
  • Angie Pedersen’s The Blog of Me
  • Boston Mamas
  • Catherine Morgan
  • Central Sanity
  • Binary Blonde
  • The Chronicles of Munckin Land
  • Coping with Life
  • Fast Times @ Homeschool High
  • Flamingo House Happenings
  • Growing A Life
  • Healthy Concerns
  • The Integrated Mother
  • Just Us Girls
  • Kari’s Couch
  • life outside the box
  • MamasInk
  • Miscarriage, Stillbirth, and Infant Loss Blog Directory
  • Mom of 3 Girls
  • Moms Speak Up
  • Not Calm
  • Ordinary Art
  • Planned Parenthood Aurora
  • PPD Survivor
  • Sharing the Journey
  • The Silent I
  • Silicon Valley Moms
  • Spin Me I Pulsate
  • Strollerderby
  • Surfette
  • This Full House
  • Work It, Mom!
  • Jill at Writes Like She Talks
  • Posted by Becky @ 10:25 pm  

    13 Responses to “Leave a comment, win a prize: MOTHERS for PPD Act”

    1. Jill Says:

      Thanks! I am so embarrassed that I made a point of blogging about this last night and then today – ugh – I JUST got around to my first post – it has been CRAZY! But I am going to post for the blogging day anyway! The thought and all, yes?? :)

    2. Denise Says:

      You are slick! The more lists, the better.

      Thanks for blogging about The Mothers Act and PPD.


    3. Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah Says:

      Obviosuly, I can’t win the prize, (Or if I did it would be a waste of stamps since I already own the book and read it) but I’m glad everyone is talking about this.

    4. thordora Says:

      I keep meaning to buy this since it comes so recommended, and I keep forgetting.

    5. Sandy D. Says:

      It is a fantastic book – funny, touching, and very eye-opening. And not at all depressing, as you might think ;-). And even though I have a copy I want an autographed copy.

      Actually, I might donate an autographed copy for a fundraiser sometime.

      Thanks for doing this!

    6. Heather McGuire Says:

      This book looks interesting. I have just gotten back into reading and would love to be an owner of an autographed copy. Thank you!

    7. Mary Says:

      I often think back to two weeks after my daughter was born, rushing through the words of my confession to the pediatrician, trying to get them out before I broke down into sobs. I told her that I wasn’t eating, and was just so exhausted, and touched-out by my constantly nursing infant, and didn’t know what to do. She looked confused, sympathetic, but mainly unable to understand why I was telling her. She simply told me, “well, you have to eat.” She was a great pediatrician, but there obviously needs to be more, since she saw me many, many more times than my distracted OB/GYN in the weeks and months following my daughter’s birth.

      I am always glad to hear of more women out there talking about this kind of thing.

    8. Gina Says:

      I’ve heard and read great things about this book. I’m also a PPD former sufferer.

      Thanks for writing this.

    9. Antonette Says:

      I have wanted to read this book. It’s been on my TBR list.

    10. Ronna D. Says:

      Thanks for bringing attention to this serious issue. I suffered from PPD after all 3 of my pregnancies. I would love to have an autographed copy.

    11. Katherine Stone Says:

      Thank you so much for adding your voice to Blog Day for the MOTHERS Act, which seems to have expanded into Blog WEEK for the MOTHERS Act. I hope your readers will keep writing and calling today. I have talked to Senators’ offices who have said it really makes a difference when people call. My Senator in Georgia’s office said they were surprised by all the calls. Wahoo. If you go to my blog to the post on Oct. 24 you can see the blogger list is still growing, even today. There are almost 120 blogs I think. Anyway, thank you so much for posting. I’ve added you to the list!!

    12. MGH Center for Women's Mental Health Says:

      Thanks for your support of the MOTHERS Act. Too often postpartum depression is a problem that goes unnoticed, and most women with PPD never receive any type of treatment. PPD is a treatable illness, and it is essential that we continue to educate ourselves and others about this important issue.

      For more information on PPD, visit us at The MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health

    13. Deep Muck Big Rake » And the winner is … Says:

      […] McGuire! Congrats and enjoy. Thanks to everyone who played along. I’ve got another autographed copy to give away. (Thanks, Tracy!) Stay tuned. Posted by […]

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