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California mom gets national attention for speaking out about postpartum depression

California mom gets national attention for speaking out about postpartum depression

Bonita (KGTV) – Millions of people and thousands of moms are commenting on Courtney Lund-O’Neill’s TikTok post.

“People keep commenting non-stop,” O’Neill said.

They are sharing their experiences with postpartum depression and calling for change in postpartum care.

“Hopefully, if anything good comes out of this it is that changes are made.”

O’Neill’s post focuses on the story of Lindsey Clancy. Clancy is a mother in Massachusetts who recently strangled her three children to death.

“If she was experiencing medical psychosis or was having signs and symptoms, she should have been under inpatient care.”

The story hit close to home for O’Neal. She’s a professor at UCSD and a mother of two who struggled with her mental health after giving birth.

“Every woman I know has had some challenge with postpartum care.”

According to the California Department of Public Health, one in five pregnant women in California experience symptoms of depression. The only help doctors can provide is a check-up six weeks after birth. O’Neill says it’s short and unproductive.

“No one follows through, so you leave that six-week appointment feeling more insecure and lonely than when you got there.”

She plans to use her voice on TikTok to promote change at the federal level.

“We need checkups three months into the first year. Not just a six-week appointment; that’s the first change I’d like to see.”

If you or someone you know needs someone to talk to during pregnancy, you can call Postpartum Support International at 1-800-944-4773. Click here for how to spot Symptoms of postpartum depression.

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This article was written by Perla Shaheen for KGTV.

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