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Tomorrow, September 13, 2009 is the one year anniversary of Indiana Delahunty’s death.

Please go to Christian’s & Matt’s blog to offer some moral support to the family.

http://indibaby.wordpress.com/

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Please read this article on The Bitter Pill:

http://uniteforlife.wordpress.com/2009/09/05/what-the-media-doesnt-say-about-antidepressants-pregnancy/

Here are a few excerpts:

In reality, you cannot separate the need for the baby to be healthy and to survive from the mother’s mental state. How many mothers honestly do not worry that something could go wrong with their babies or do not feel responsible for protecting their children? How many women who lost children can go on day by day not feeling anything about that loss? Which antidepressant are you supposed to take to help with depression if you’re dealing with loss after your baby dies from an antidepressant?

[T]o quote the ACOG release, “[T]he use of antidepressant medications during pregnancy have been associated with negative consequences for the newborn…some studies have linked fetal malformations, cardiac defects, pulmonary hypertension, and reduced birth weight to antidepressant use during pregnancy.”


If you had PPD before, then by all means if you are going to take drugs for PPD, do so after the baby is born and don’t do it while nursing. The time it takes you to get your placebo effect should be well worth it considering the peace of mind and increased safety for the baby.

Even after considering the fact that antidepressants actually cause depression and suicide, and work about as well as a placebo, this catch phrase makes about as much sense to me as saying that a mom who is addicted to crack, or drinks 5 coffees a day, or smokes, or is an alcoholic, should be told to keep doing those things if it eases her anxiety or fatigue while pregnant. Or about as much sense as telling women to go take Thalidomide because we’re not really sure that Thalidomide causes problems and it was probably actually the morning sickness causing the birth defects and not the Thalidomide. The jury is still out on whether swallowing RAID or drinking bleach while pregnant is bad for your baby. Perhaps working in a nuclear plant or handling plutonium should be considered safe for pregnant women too.

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Please check this link for more updates: http://www.uniteforlife.org/content/view/46/2/

As you may have heard, Dr. Zachary Stowe of Emory has been exposed in the Wall Street Journal after coming under fire from Charles Grassley’s investigation of conflicts of interest among leading psychiatric researchers. Stowe is one of the leading researchers working directly with pharma to promote the use of antidepressants in pregnancy and breastfeeding. A large portion of his salary at Emory is derived from federal grants through the NIH. As we’ve documented, he has worked for GSK to claim Paxil is safe for breastfeeding and was planning to claim that Paxil is undetectable in amniotic fluid. You can read more at these links, and we will update with more as more news becomes available.

The MOTHERS Act makes grants available to “eligible entities” through NIH for research on mothers. Zachary Stowe is exactly the type of researcher we do not need to be handing out grants to given his conflicts of interest and his apparent disregard for why that matters, much less the safety of babies.

Zachary Stowe Doesn’t Get To Claim Paroxetine Undetectable in Amniotic Fluid for GSK http://tinyurl.com/lybcqr

Zachary Stowe Wants His GSK Money http://tinyurl.com/n4ugn2

Zachary Stowe Disciplined (Wall Street Journal) http://tinyurl.com/nd7o8n

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Go here to read an article about The MOTHERS Act which was one of the top stories on Townhall.com today.

Also archived here.

Please post a comment on the Townhall site.

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http://uniteforlife.wordpress.com/2009/03/07/in-memory-of-indiana-effexor-baby/

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This study found a three times higher rate of babies born with heart defects in a Paxil group and four times higher rate in the Prozac-exposed group.

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http://uniteforlife.wordpress.com/2008/10/01/more-paxil-birth-defects-lawsuits-filed/

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