Brooke Shields Takes Up Postpartum Depression in D.C.

Actress Brooke Shields took her star power to Capitol Hill this week, pushing Congress to pass the "Mother's Act," legislation introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., that would help new mothers suffering from postpartum depression by providing funding for education, screening, treatment and research.

Shields: We are taught that being a mother and becoming a mother is the most glorious thing you could ever do. It's the most natural thing. If you don't do this beautifully, then you are wrong. You know, you're not a good mother. You're not a good woman.

After the birth of my first daughter, I experienced acute postpartum depression, but I was not really aware that I had it. It was devastating to my whole family. I had gone through numerous attempts to have a baby. And then I finally did have this perfect, beautiful, healthy baby. And it all but destroyed me.

Shields [from press conference]: The knowledge of postpartum is a tool that I believe all women deserve, and this bill represents that tool and it's an easy gift to give to women everywhere.

Shields: There is an entire population of women suffering. And it's so much more prevalent than anyone ever really, really wants to admit. And it's time, I believe, for Congress to step in and prevent that, and actually save lives and save potential tragedy.

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