Mother’s Act "Scoop"ed Again

Let me introduce you to scoop.co.nz. It “is New Zealand’s leading news resource for news-makers and the people that influence the news…. it brings together the information that is creating the news as it is released to the media, and is therefore a hub of intelligence for the professionals (not just media) that shape what we need.”

Hmmmmm…

Let’s go on…

Our audience are high-valued, professionals [good, now that I’m reading it] with a
social and environmental conscience [definitely] and also a discerning general readership seeking an alternative to other major news media.”

Scoop’s Mission: freedom, expression, ideas, information, empowerment, transformation [can’t argue with that]. The Scoop.co.nz publication is a new media, born of the internet and populated by material of the internet. It delivers news in a totally new way – unprocessed and raw ‘from the horse’s mouth’.”

Now that part is good.

Those of you who know me, know that I try hard to resist the temptation to respond to any misinformed rant with respect to postpartum depression. After all, as much as we try to globalize our work and impact awareness to a widespread level, most of us realize there is a relatively small circle of dedicated professionals and consumers who work tirelessly to protect the welfare of women and families struck with illness after the birth of a baby.

It’s really not worth my time to defend the work that we do.

But still…

To any of you who inadvertently found yourself reading a piece called “Mother’s Act Fuels Multibillion Dollar Industry” by Evelyn Pringle, please be advised. Here’s the article’s opening tease line: “Motherhood has fallen prey to the psycho-pharmaceutical complex. If new legislation as the Mother’s Act becomes law, the drugging of infants through pregnant and nursing mothers will no doubt increase.

Interesting slant.

Ms Pringle is an investigative reporter. She is very good at what she does. In this case, Ms Pringle continues to carve out her resistance to the Mother’s Act through numerous articles to support her effort to “expose corruption in government and corporate America.”

That’s good. That’s very good.

We need advocates like Ms Pringle to voice opposition and expose deceitful business.

We should be flattered to have received attention from an excellent writer who spends a great deal of her time seeking media-soaked and provocative avenues for her unique perspective and right to free speech.

But when it gets personal, it reveals the flaw in this particular effort of hers. I suspect that if Ms Pringle were to sit down with Katherine Stone, Susan Dowd-Stone or myself, she might actually understand this issue a bit better. If she could step down from her big Pharma platform for long enough to see the other side of this picture that is inundated with women in real life who are pleading for their lives, she might consider another angle to her protest.

Our job is not to convince Ms Pringle that she is sadly mistaken. Our job is to make sure we continue to take care of the women and their families who struggle and to educate clinicians, consumers, politicians and yes, “people that influence the news.”

Let’s not be distracted.

And let’s certainly hope that Ms Pringle never experiences the hardship of loving someone who suffers with a severe mental illness.


5 Responses to Mother’s Act "Scoop"ed Again

  1. Perhaps the three of you could take a look-see at the videos of baby Manie and Indiana on my YouTube channel – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGX_34TmT4w.

    Manie was born with Transposition of the Great Arteries because his mother took Paxil for a few weeks and then became accidentally pregnant with him, and he was exposed in the first trimester. He nearly died at birth.

    Indiana died at 6 weeks after Effexor exposure via pregnancy and breast milk.

    Talk about getting personal – it doesn’t get more personal than being on the other end of a deception and suffering the loss of a child, a permanent birth defect, heart damage, or realizing that a drug is making you crazy, homicidal and suicidal. It baffles me how anyone can be ok with drugging new mothers or their babies to death. Melanie Stokes – God rest her soul, and all of these babies will not have died in vain. People are learning the truth and taking steps to protect their families. Victims are speaking out to warn others.

    But I have no doubt that not a shred of this will matter to any of you, as your minds likely no longer process FDA drug warnings on suicide or pregnancy nor do they apparently see cases of obvious drug injury for what they are. I suppose you would make great jury members in the 8,000 + seroquel lawsuits or the thousands of Paxil birth defect and suicide lawsuits, at least as far as GSK and AstraZeneca are concerned.

  2. My name is Julie Edgington. My son Manie was born with a rare heart defect because I took Paxil during pregnancy. I am the creator of http://www.bigpharmavictim.blogspot.com

    Your post and your site upset me greatly. I am shocked you would use a blog, which is suppose to help women with PPD, to voice your own personal opinion. You are clearly the one who is misinformed. By reading some of the stuff on your site I know who and what you really are.How dare you be a big pharma rep and act as if you want to help women with PPD. The way you describe PPD in your blog it sounds like you got it right out of an ad for an SSRI. Way to use your years and years of training to help push pills.

    If you cared at all for the women why would you stick up for the Mothers Act? Have you read it? Or are you just going by what is in the name and because the name sounds good it must be good. OR you have read it and thought if women have to be screened for PPD then that would mean more clients for you and for your book sales. Hmmmmm that is a thought now isn’t it.

    I could talk all day but you probably will not listen because you were taught not to by big pharma. Why am I really mad about your post…

    I am mad because I have spent 2years telling Manie’s Story just so people like you who use a false sense of compassion to get women to take more drugs. These drugs, which are no better then a placebo, to deal with the sadness you are telling them they have. Oh yeah lets not forget your added benefit of the extra book sales!

    I tell Manie’s Story because big pharma is still pushing SSRIs on women of childbearing years knowing what could happen to their babies. Someone has to show people what the risk looks like.

    You may have heard this before “If the benefits out weigh the risk” There are no benefits to these drugs. “They” are quick to tell women how they are feeling and it is wrong to feel that way. “They” want to put labels on these emotions so they can tell you how to treat it with their pills.

    Their quick fix in a bottle does nothing but make it worse and not just ruin one life, it ruins the lives of everyone around you. Ask Manie if the benefits out weighed the risk. If it was your body and your unborn baby would you want someone telling you you HAVE to take something to feel better?

    Post or don’t post this comment on your blog. I am sure you won’t. Like many others who want to act like they know everything you wouldn’t want to post something which would make people think for a second about what is really going on.

    Julie

  3. After reading the summary of The Mother’s Act, I am appauled at Ms. Pringle. It is evident that this woman has no idea what PPD is or has any regard what so ever toward the women who have suffered from it. It seems as though her attack is fueled by perhaps her own agenda with big pharma and is using PPD as an easy target to achieve that agenda.

    I fully support The Mother’s Act. I suffered from PPD for four months until I found Karen, whom I drive three hours each week to see because there is no one in my area, which happens to be a NJ suburb of NYC, that is a true specialist in PPD. Despite NJ being the first state to screen post-partum women, my own OBGYN had no clue, nor had any resources on PPD. It is for this reason why we need The Mother’s Act.

    Oh and by the way, if PPD were a man’s illness and treated like Erectile Dysfunction is, PPD women would never have to suffer in silence again!

    So Ms. Pringle, don’t ruin it for us.

  4. I am going to do everything in my power to derail this profiteering scheme, for one reason and one reason only, to protect the helpless, voiceless victims – the fetus and nursing infants.

    I have been investigating and reporting on off-label drug marketing schemes set up with screening scams since 2004, and this is the most disgusting one I've covered because it is aimed straight at the nursery and most helpless victims in the world.

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