How to Support the Maternal Depression Screening Bill

New legislation will help moms and families get the help they need

by Rebecca Benghiat, JD
June 11, 2014

Please join the Seleni Institute, State Senator Liz Krueger, PPD activist Paige Bellenbaum and the Postpartum Resource Center of New York and urge two key New York State Senators to support the Maternal Depression Screening Bill.

As many as 1 in 5 mothers experience postpartum depression and yet the health care system does almost nothing to support them and get them (and their families) help. The Maternal Depression Bill will change that by improving postpartum depression education, screening and offering resources and treatment options.

Today and tomorrow are critical days to ensure that these two key senators bring the bill to a vote in the Senate.

We urge you to take a short break from your day and make two one-minute phone calls and spread the word within your social networks. Doing so can make a huge difference in the lives of New York families. Instructions are below.

Call Senator Dean Skelos, Majority Coalition Leader, (518) 455-3171

Call Senator Tom Libous, Deputy Majority Coalition Leader, (518) 455-2677 

You can leave this message: Hello, my name is __________ and I’m calling to ask Senator Skelos/Libous to allow a vote on the Maternal Depression bill (S7234-A). This critical bill will help mothers who suffer from maternal depression get the help they need for themselves, and their babies and families. Please tell the Senator to allow a vote on this important bill. Thank you. 

(Note: if you are a constituent of either Senator, let them know that when you call. Sen. Skelos represents parts of Nassau; Sen. Libous represents Broome, Tioga, Chenango & Delaware counties:

Tweet: New Yorkers: Take 1 minute to ensure that new moms are screened and treated for postpartum depression

Post on Facebook: As many as 20% of new moms experience postpartum depression and yet the healthcare system does little to support them. Please take 1 minute out of your day today to call a senator and support the NY Maternal Depression Bill.

Thank you!


Rebecca Benghiat, JD

Rebecca Benghiat brings over 20 years of executive administrative experience to Seleni, with deep expertise on the intersection of health policy, regulatory law, women’s issues, and mental health on both a community and national level.