Postpartum Depression Legislation

Perinatal Mood Disorders Awareness Month

The Illinois PPD Alliance has worked with Illinois Governors for the last 14 years in order to get May proclaimed Perinatal Mood Disorders Awareness Month in Illinois.

The Mother’s Act

The Melanie Blocker Stokes MOTHERS Act legislation sponsored by U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) to combat postpartum depression became law as part of landmark health insurance reform that passed Congress on March 21.

Illinois Senate Bill 15

In 2007 Senate Bill 15 created the Postpartum Mood Disorders Prevention Act. It became law in 2008. It calls for early screening of postpartum depression by front-line health workers such as pediatricians, primary care doctors, nurse practitioners and obstetricians.