In what was more than likely originally an attempt to prove that depression causes birth complications, researchers from Yale, Tufts, et al found in two new studies that antidepressants increase the risk of preterm birth and seizures. Read more at this link on the newly redesigned UNITE website.
Canadian Regulation on Fetal Exposure to Psychotropic Drugs – Public Input Needed (Cross-Posted on The Bitter Pill blog)
Amery and Christiane Schultz have been asked to provide input on proposed recommendations regarding psychotropic drugs in pregnancy in Canada. Amery & Christiane are hard-working activists affiliated with UNITE and MADNAP. Please send any comments you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday of this week (November 10, 2011), or call 817-793-8028.
See the following note from Amery:
I am looking for input as to what you feel should be included in recommendations for establishing protocols surrounding women being treated with and babies exposed to psychotropic medications during pregnancy. These recommendations will be presented to both the Canadian Pediatric Association as well as the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. We have found a good ally who is proposing that we address the National Conference of the Canadian Pediatric Association.
These recent posts on The Bitter Pill and uniteforlife.org are of special importance. Check them out.
- My Bad – Mothering Magazine Promotes “Antipsychotics” Not Just Zyprexa
- Mothering Magazine Publishes Letter Reaming Them for Being So “Anti-drug”
- Open Letter to the Editor of Mothering Magazine – Re: “Beat The Baby Blues” by John Breeding and Amy Philo
- Relentless and Tragic Marketing: Psychiatric Drugs from Before the Cradle to the Grave
We will be at the Addison Wellness Expo this weekend, October 16-17 with an educational booth for UNITE, MADNAP and The Indiana Star Foundation. We are conducting a fundraiser to defray the costs of participating in this event and conducting other awareness activities.
Several wonderful and generous donors have contributed. We are raffling off a free photography session with Natasha Hance. Tickets are $5. If you want to purchase online, you can use the donate button on this website to pay via our pledgie account and then send me an email to let me know how many tickets you bought.
We will be selling “Quilts for A Cause,” and various items such as hand-knit baby and children’s winter hats, bracelets, hand-made jewelry and other fun items.
My friend and fellow activist Ellen Liversidge (who lost her son Rob to Zyprexa-induced hyperglycemia) has generously allowed me to confiscate over two dozen of her vintage quilts to sell. She runs a business selling them, so we will be accepting all small to extravagant offers above cost for the sale of these quilts! I’ve set up a Flickr account and blog to showcase the quilts. Minimum prices on the quilts will be posted soon. If you see one that you want please email me at email@example.com so we can get it shipped to you.
Many thanks to the following donors:
Peek Aren’t You Curious at Northpark Mall (gift bags)
Jenny M Jewels (hand-made earrings)
Christian Delahunty (baby quilts, hand-made jewelry and more)
Amery & Christiane Schultz (MADNAP Teddy Bears)
We are also going to be handing out pink and blue ribbons in honor of October – Infant Loss Awareness Month.
Two $50 Flower Gift Certificates *** RAFFLE to benefit The Indiana Star Foundation **** – Two Drawings – We have two $50 flower gift certificates to raffle off!!! (donated by http://www.proflowers.com/) – For the next week you can buy raffle tickets (for $5 each) by donating to the cause here:
To enter, just use PayPal (through PayPal you can use your bank account or a credit card) on our Pledgie page, and then email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information and # of raffle tickets you bought, so we can send you the gift code if you win!!!
Today Matthew Schultz would be one year old. Please read these posts on Christiane and Amery’s blog:
- Happy First Birthday my little man!
- To Matthew on your 1st Birthday
- Hi Son
- “February Twenty-First”
Then, please take action to spread the word by going here.
There are also several new articles on The Bitter Pill related to antidepressants during pregnancy. Check them out: