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Advocating for Women with Postpartum Mental Illness

A Guide to Changing the Law and the National Climate

; Barry M. Lewis

Advocating for Women with Postpartum Mental Illness takes the reader into the world of one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses. Affecting 1 to 2 out of 1,000 childbearing women a year in the United States, postpartum psychosis creates hallucinations and delusions, which, if untreated, can lead to infanticide and subsequently imprisonment or death for the mother. Les mer
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Advocating for Women with Postpartum Mental Illness takes the reader into the world of one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses. Affecting 1 to 2 out of 1,000 childbearing women a year in the United States, postpartum psychosis creates hallucinations and delusions, which, if untreated, can lead to infanticide and subsequently imprisonment or death for the mother. While other parts in the world, particularly the United Kingdom have more sympathetic laws, in the United States, women with postpartum psychosis are often stigmatized as "baby killers", and face the ultimate penalty.

Through this book, authors Feingold and Lewis humanize the mother's experience to promote understanding and compassion. Beginning with an overview of the mental health and legal facets surrounding postpartum psychosis, the authors then provide vital resources and tools for mental health practitioners and legal professionals to enact change in their practices and communities.

Complete with case studies and the authors' experiences in changing the law in their own state of Illinois, this book is a necessary resource for furthering dialogue and action around maternal mental illness.

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Susan Benjamin Feingold, Psy.D., is a licensed psychologist, perinatal legal advocate, and author. She is co-recipient of The 2018 Maternal Mental Health Innovation Award in Policy and Advocacy and a member of the President's Advisory Council for Postpartum Support International. She has been a specialist for over 25 years in women's mental health related to reproductive function: perinatal depression and anxiety disorders, infertility, pregnancy loss, and relationship issues. She is a nationally recognized expert in the field of pregnancy and postpartum mental health and author of Happy Endings, New Beginnings: Navigation Postpartum Disorders (2013). Dr. Feingold has offices located in Skokie and Chicago, Illinois. You can read more about Dr. Feingold at www.drsusanbfeingold.com

Barry Michael Lewis, J.D., is attorney at law, perinatal legal advocate, and author. He is co-recipeient of the 2018 Maternal Mental health Innovcation Award in Policy and Advocacy. His published work includes an article in The Champion, the magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, titled A New Model Law Offers Hope: Postpartum Disorders and the Law. He has worked for more than 40 years in the field of criminal law as a litigation attorney in private practice. He is also past chair of the Chicago Bar Association Lawyer Referral Committee, award winner from Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, and a continuing legal education lecturer. He has offices located in Chicago, Illinois. You can find out more about Dr. Lewis and his work at www.Blewislaw.com.