News Roundup 5/2/12

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I’m probably on a plane right now, headed to Miami to attend the Mom 2.0 Summit. Meantime, here’s a news roundup for you on the topic of … what else? Postpartum depression and other completely not fun mental illnesses related to pregnancy and childbirth.

Massachusetts General Hospital reports on research showing benzodiazepines (Xanax, Ativan and the like) to not lead to adverse events when women take them while breastfeeding.

Haaretz reports that HMOs and well-baby clinics in Israel will now be required to conduct screening tests for depression both during pregnancy and postpartum.

US Weekly reports that Gwyneth Paltrow says it was her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin, who recognized she had postpartum depression.

It’s Maternal Depression Awareness Month in California and CaPSI wants you to know about a couple of events they are having:  The Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force will have a Community Forum at Citrus Valley Medical Center in West Covina on Friday May 11 from 2-4 pm. For more information, call (626) 960-4457. Also, the Inland Empire Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative has a Stroll-A-Thon next week, Wednesday, May 9 from 11-2 in Riverside, CA. For more information, call (951) 683-5193.

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About Katherine Stone

is the founder & editor of Postpartum Progress. She was named one of the ten most influential mom bloggers of 2011, a WebMD Health Hero and one of the top 25 parent bloggers using social media for social good. She also writes the Fierce Blog, and a parenting column for Disney's

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  1. That’s awesome, I had no idea it was Maternal Depression Awareness Month here. As always, your post has great information. Thanks for all you do!