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HF 4251

as introduced - 85th Legislature (2007 - 2008) Posted on 12/15/2009 12:00am

KEY: stricken = removed, old language.
underscored = added, new language.

Bill Text Versions

Engrossments
Introduction Posted on 05/17/2008

Current Version - as introduced

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A bill for an act
relating to health; establishing a public awareness campaign for postpartum
depression; amending Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 145.906.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA:

Section 1.

Minnesota Statutes 2006, section 145.906, is amended to read:


145.906 POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION EDUCATION AND INFORMATION.

new text begin Subdivision 1. new text end

new text begin Information. new text end

(a) The commissioner of health shall work with
health care facilities, licensed health and mental health care professionals, mental health
advocates, consumers, and families in the state to develop materials and information
about postpartum depression, including treatment resources, and develop policies and
procedures to comply with this section.

(b) Physicians, traditional midwives, and other licensed health care professionals
providing prenatal care to women must have available to women and their families
information about postpartum depression.

(c) Hospitals and other health care facilities in the state must provide departing new
mothers and fathers and other family members, as appropriate, with written information
about postpartum depression, including its symptoms, methods of coping with the illness,
and treatment resources.

new text begin (d) Physicians, nurse midwives, and other licensed health care professionals
providing postnatal care to women shall screen new mothers for postpartum depression
symptoms prior to discharge from the birthing facility and at postnatal checkup visits.
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new text begin (e) Physicians, nurse midwives, and other licensed health care professionals
providing prenatal and postnatal care to women shall include fathers and other family
members, as appropriate, in both the education and treatment processes to help these
individuals better understand the nature and causes of postpartum depression so that
they too can overcome the collateral effects of the illness and improve their ability to
be supportive of the new mother.
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new text begin Public awareness campaign. new text end

new text begin The commissioner of health shall establish
a public awareness campaign to inform the general public about postpartum depression
and increase awareness of the nature and causes of postpartum depression and its health
risks, including symptoms to be aware of, methods of coping with postpartum depression,
and the most effective means of treatment.
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