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March 2013

Public Address of the Associate Minister of Health of New Zealand

Wednesday, 3/27/2013

Peter Dunne, Associate Minister of Health for New Zealand, in his address to the Perinatal Health Trust on on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, outlined his countries plan to address the problem of maternal mental health. He stated that:

"The Perinatal and Maternal Mortality Review Committee reports on the causes of maternal mortality and the major cause of death for women during pregnancy and in the 42 days following the end of the pregnancy is suicide. While this is a tiny subset of the overall figures for suicide, it is a distressing reality, and it is very concerning that suicide features so highly in the maternal mortality numbers, particularly when the suicide occurs during pregnancy."

For the full speech, please go to:


10th Annual STROLL ‘N’ ROLL-A-THON

Saturday, 3/16/2013

The goal of this event between The Wylie Center and The Inland Empire Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative (IEPMHC) is to raise awareness regarding the special needs community, whether it is children with autism, to mothers with postpartum depression or teens with mobility challenges. Come join us in our walk from Shamel Park to the Magnolia Presbyterian Church.

  • Saturday, April 27, 2013
  • 9 a.m. until Noon
  • Shamel Park: 3650 Arlington Ave., Riverside

Event includes: Music, Arts and Crafts, Raffles, Great Prizes, Bounce House, Refreshments, Guest speakers

Special Guest: “Glee” star and Wylie Center alumna Lauren Potter

  • Tickets will be sold for food and some activities, but there is no fee for the walk.
  • Donations are encouraged to support Wylie Center’s work with our special needs families and all donations are tax deductible: Tax ID # 93-0670286.
  • Your child’s safety is our concern. Please supervise your children at all times during the walk and other activities.

Selected Pregnancy and Delivery Outcomes After Exposure to Antidepressant Medication

Friday, 3/15/2013

Although statistically significant associations between antidepressant exposure and pregnancy and delivery outcomes were identified, group differences were small and scores in the exposed group were typically in the normal ranges indicating the importance of considering clinical significance. Treatment decisions must weigh the effect of untreated maternal depression against the potential adverse effects of antidepressant exposure.


National Mental Health Initiative

Thursday, 3/14/2013
Sen. President Pro Tempore Darroll Steinberg Urges a National Mental Health Initiative Similar to California's Prop 63.
According to information from the United Advocates for Children and Families (UACF), Sen. President Pro Tempore Darrell Steinberg sent a letter to VP Biden -- whom President Obama has called on to oversee a review of gun control legislation and gun violence -- urging him to consider California's program, Prop 63, as a template for national mental health initiatives. Steinberg in a press conference also suggested that the federal government agree to match money raised by states to create a national mental health system.

Steinberg's proposal is supported by several lawmakers, including Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), who recently sponsored the Excellence in Mental Health Act (HR 5989).



WIC Mothers more Likely To Experience Maternal Mental Health Disorder

Thursday, 3/14/2013

This will not be news to many of us in the field, but a new research article by Altarum Institute published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal, incidated that women participating in WIC are more than 65% more likely to experience postpartum depressive symptoms in the months after childbirth compared to higher-income mothers.

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Most New Mothers Skip Sex for at Least 6 Weeks After Childbirth

Friday, 3/1/2013

It is very common for women and their partners to want information about when sexual activity may be safely and comfortably resumed, and what to expect in relation to the impact of childbirth on their relationship. This is useful information for couples to know before their baby is born, and may help reduce feelings of anxiety and guilt about not resuming sexual activity sooner. It is important to remember that these decisions are down to the individual couple and when it feels right for them.


Morning Sickness Medication Doesn't Increase Birth Defects

Friday, 3/1/2013

Recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine on 600,000 Danish women taking an anti-morning sickness medication.  About half of the women's had sx serious enough to be hospitalized.  "There was no evidence that the medication increased the risks of miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery or major birth defects, according to the researchers, led by Dr. Bjorn Pasternak of the Statens Serum Institute in Copenhagen."

No Risks to Pregnancy Seen With Morning Sickness Drug |

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