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Postpartum Depression On The Rise, Especially For Women Of Color, During COVID-19 Pandemic

Assemblyman Brian Maienschein (D-San Diego), the creator of the law to screen women for postpartum depression, acknowledges that new mothers need to be more aware of their rights .

"We want to remind [mothers] that experts should do postpartum screenings, and that they can ask for them if their providers don't," Maienschein said.

He added that "there is also a supplier problem. So a new law that I introduced to the Legislature in February will expand that group. After the diagnosis comes the next step, directing the mothers to the expert for treatment."

AB 935, the Mothers and Children Mental Health Support Act, would provide the consultation service through telehealth from private insurers and managed care organizations such as Medi-Cal to close gaps when there is a shortage of providers.

However, the bill will not be discussed until 2022.

For now, Mejía and Espinoza attend Maternal Mental Health Now groups. Rangel sees a psychologist at St. Joseph Heritage Hospital every week through her private health insurance. E. R. gets help in free therapy groups at Downtown Women's Center in Los Angeles.

"No mother has to suffer from postpartum depression alone," Mejía said.

"Families must support their mothers so that there are no suicides, and in worse cases, even homicides. This mood disorder is real." ___ Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC.

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