By Guest Blogger, Leigh Anne DuChene
The Mothers Act and Health Care Bill is a prescription for disaster for postpartum mothers!
This bill works to get anti-depressants, and who know what other kinds of drugs, into the hands of new moms before they leave the hospital.
The package labels on antidepressants states that the risk of psychosis while taking antidepressants is 1/100. Postpartum women typically have a risk of Postpartum Psychosis of 1/1000. Thus, taking antidepressants increases a postpartum mother’s risk of developing postpartum psychosis 1000%.
That is astounding!
In the report, “The Drugging of Post Partum Depression” put out by the Citizens Commission on Human Rights, it is stated that, “Many people think that psychiatric disorders, such as depression or post-partum [after birth] depression, are the same as medical diseases or illnesses. However, this is very misleading, especially to a mother who has experienced the trauma of just giving birth. To have her think the emotional roller coaster she may be experiencing is the result of a “chemical imbalance in the brain,” requiring mind-altering medication, is false and harmful.”
In this report, Ron Leifer says, “There’s no biological imbalance. When people come to me and they say, ‘I have a biochemical imbalance.’ I say, ‘Show me your lab tests.’ There are no lab tests. So what’s the biochemical imbalance?”
As you can see there is no test to definitively identify and diagnose a biochemical
imbalance. Thus the claim of such a thing can be very harmful and misleading.
The report goes on to say, “This does not mean that serious emotional difficulties do not exist, that people’s hopes cannot be shattered or that their methods of coping with this cannot fail. But it does mean that psychiatrists, psychologists, and drug groups have used such difficulties to their advantage, promoting powerful drugs as a ’solution’ for vulnerable individuals.”
Not only powerful, but mind-altering drugs, known to have severe mental and emotional effects on individuals taking them, even causing harm to others and suicide.
This report sites Dr. Sydney Walker III’s work stating that, “psychiatric drugs often create new and serious symptoms patients didn’t have before ‘treatment’ and ‘upset the natural chemical environment neurons (brain cells…).”
Also mentioned is the fact that, “Any medical doctor who takes the time to conduct a thorough physical examination of someone exhibiting signs of what psychiatrists say are “mental disorders”, including post partum depression, can find undiagnosed, untreated physical conditions.”
This means that there are other physical signs and symptoms that are associated with such “mental disorders” and can be addressed by correcting the problem causing both the physical and mental symptoms.
This is where proper nutrition, supplementation, emotional coping techniques, and exercise come into play for any individual, but especially for postpartum mothers.
Postpartum nutrition and supplementation are critical to allowing the body to rebalance and heal after the traumatic event of birth. Please understand, I am not saying that all birth is traumatic, just that it is hard on the body and elicits stress coping hormones, which are used in dealing with and recovering from traumatic events, on a very high level. Thus, it can be preserved on a biochemical level that birth is a traumatic event on the body, regardless if the actual event was truly a traumatic one for the mother.
Actually, when the birth is preserved as a traumatic experience the risk of emotional upset and turmoil is even greater; thus, the risk of postpartum depression is even higher.
I am a post unexpected emergency cesarean birth mother after experiencing a very emotionally traumatic labor and birth with my first child, just over 3 years ago. I did experience postpartum depression and the emotional turmoil is very real. It is, however, very much able to be worked with utilizing various emotional techniques like Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique (BEST), Neuro Emotional Technique (NET), and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). I never once took medications. I, instead, utilized these emotional healing techniques; along with nutritional therapy, chiropractic care, breathwork, and meditation to help cope with and overcome my emotional distress after the birth of my first child, and with great success. So much so, that I am now a post traumatic birth and cesarean healing specialist, offering emotional support and guidance, and bodywork treatments, as a licensed massage therapist and a breathwork facilitator, to postpartum mothers dealing with these issues.
Instead of forcing unscientific, mind-altering medication on postpartum moms, why not just give them their placenta!! It is, after all, theirs!
Collective research supports the theory that placentophagia helps to restore hormone levels to normal in the postpartum mother, therefore, potentially preventing the baby blues, and possibly even postpartum depression. Research is currently under way
with Placenta Benefits, Ltd. and UNLV to determine many different
things regarding placentophagia; including if, and potentially how, the consumption of the placenta can help balance hormones for a postpartum mother. The results of this current ongoing research are eagerly anticipated to help support and further the advocacy of placentophagy.
There are many ways to consume the placenta, the most common, appealing, and best for preservation way is in capsule form, a process called placenta encapsulation. PBi (Placenta Benefits Ltd.) trains placenta encapsulation specialists in understanding the research supporting and benefits of placentophagy; as well as, how to safely and properly encapsulate
the placenta using Traditional Chinese Methods for postpartum mothers to use as a dietary supplement.
By the time I was pregnant with my second child, 4 months old currently, I had learned about placenta encapsulation and had been trained through PBi as a Placenta Encapsulation Specialist. I consumed my placenta postpartum, and still do so current via my placenta capsules. I have not experienced one sign of baby blues or postpartum depression this time. My postpartum experience this time has been such a beautiful, loving, nurturing, and well connected experience with my son. I do wish I could have had this same experience with my first, but I have not let that effect my relationship with my oldest son either. I have found actually that I have been able to bond on a deeper and even more
nurturing level with my oldest son after the birth of my second son. I truly believe that the use of my placenta postpartum as a dietary supplement has played the key role in allowing this entire experience to occur. I am so grateful to be able to provide this service to other postpartum mothers so that
they may be able to experience a joyful babymoon too!
For more information on the research supporting and benefits of placentophagy visit Placenta Benefits.
Please, make your voice heard against The Mothers Act and Health Care Bill! This bill will effect more than just postpartum women, but many people; including children in public school via the Teen Screen.
To speak out against this bill, please go to “Urgent Fax Document
and Phone List – Stop The Mothers Act and Health Care Bill”.
For more information as to why this bill should not be passed please visit the Unite for Life Blog and Unite for Life.org.
The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) is a non-profit public benefit organization that investigates and exposes psychiatric violations of human rights. This is the organization that
published the report I sited here and has put out a documentary on the devastating effects of psychotropic drugs entitled, “Making a Killing: The Untold Story of Psychotropic Drugging.” To obtain a copy go to www.cchr-london.org.
For information on placenta encapsulation services in your area please visit www.PlacentaSpecialists.com.
Leigh Anne DuChene
PBi Placenta Encapsulation Specialist Training & Certification Course