Gov. Signs Bills to Provide Support for New Mothers and Families

By Joe Gullo

Published 08/04 2014 02:31PM

Updated 08/04 2014 06:18PM

ALBANY, N.Y. - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that provides support for women facing maternal depression during pregnancy and following childbirth.

A press release says the new law will provide educational services, as well as promote screening and treatment for maternal depression disorders. “Maternal depression is a serious condition that impacts families of all backgrounds, but today we are tackling the issue head-on with a new law that will improve services and increase awareness across the State,” Gov. Cuomo said. “This legislation better equips our healthcare system to recognize and treat maternal depression, helping families statewide to better detect and treat this condition.”

A press release says early screening and identification of postpartum depression has an 80 to 90 percent success rate and offers long-term health care costs savings.

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