Advocating for Women with Postpartum Mental Illness

Advocating for Women with Postpartum Mental Illness

A Guide to Changing the Law and the National Climate

Susan Benjamin Feingold, Barry M. Lewis


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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. Through this book, Feingold and Lewis humanize the mother’s experience and provide vital tools for mental health and legal professionals. 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 all.


Susan Benjamin Feingold:
Susan Benjamin Feingold, PsyD is a licensed clinical psychologist who has specialized for over 25 years in women's mental health issues related to reproductive function, including pregnancy and postpartum depression and anxiety disorders. She is the author of the book, Happy Endings, New Beginnings: Navigating Postpartum Disorders, a legal advocate, and an adjunct professor at Illinois School of Professional Psychology. She is the recipient of The 2018 Maternal Mental Health Innovation Award in Policy and Advocacy, as well as The 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award for Work in Perinatal Issues and Women’s Health. She serves on the President’s Advisory Council for Postpartum Support, International. Dr. Feingold presented expert testimony on Illinois PA 100-0574 in the House Judiciary-Criminal Committee and in the Senate Criminal Law Committee, resulting in its unanimous passage in the committees, in the House, and near unanimous passage in the Senate. PA 100-0574 is the first criminal law in the nation to recognize the effects of postpartum depression and psychosis.|||Barry Michael Lewis is one of two co-recipients of the 2018 Maternal Mental Health Innovation Award for Policy and Advocacy for his work with Dr. Susan Feingold and others ushering Illinois’ first in the nation postpartum illness bill into law. Barry’s published works include the recent cover page article on postpartum illnesses and the law in the monthly magazine of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, A New Law Offers Hope. As a practicing lawyer, Barry submits briefs and motions to courts for a living. Barry won an award in 2013 for his volunteering legal services and is a past chairman of the Chicago Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Committee.