Our friends at the #StrongMomStrongBaby campaign just can’t seem to sit still! They’ve been busy crisscrossing the state in support of SB 200 and HB 200: identical bills designed to ensure that mothers suffering from postpartum depression get the help they need, while also ensuring that their babies’ development is on track by qualifying them for Early Intervention monitoring.
We already told you about last month’s panel discussion with Senator Bartolotta in Washington, PA. Now, over the past three weeks, #StrongMomStrongBaby has convened not one, but two more panel discussions, in Hazleton and Reading, hosted by the legislation’s primary sponsor in the House, Rep. Tarah Toohil, and primary co-sponsor in the Senate, Sen. Judy Schwank.
Both events were marked by the legislators’ personal connections to the issue of postpartum depression, as well as their passionate arguments for why the bills are simply good public policy. Both events also featured all-star panels of experts in the fields of pediatrics, family medicine, obstetrics, Early Intervention, Nurse-Family Partnerships, and more – and both were convened by leading community voices like the United Way (UW) of Greater Hazleton, UW of Wyoming Valley, Lehigh Valley Health Network, the Berks County Community Foundation, and UW of Berks County. You can check out the full story for the Hazleton event here, and the Reading event here.
And they’re not even done yet! If you’re in the Allentown area, be sure to come to the event featuring Rep. Mike Schlossberg, in the auditorium at the Lehigh Valley Hospital at 17th Street at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, April 27th. United Way of the Greater Lehigh Valley is co-hosting, and the panel lineup is shaping up to be perhaps the most impressive yet.
If you’re not in Allentown, you can still support #StrongMomStrongBaby by liking them on Facebook, following them on Twitter, and signing your name to the Change.org petition.