When Postpartum Mom Asked for Help with Depression, Nurse Called Police

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Last year, after Jessica Porten told the nurse at her newborn daughter’s first appointment that she was experiencing symptoms of postpartum depression, the nurse called the police.  

This 2018 article illustrates how a simple doctor’s visit can turn into an encounter with the police and a required lengthy stay at the ER.

According to Ms. Porten, she had to wait for an hour for the police to show up and escort her to the emergency room. She waited yet another hour under the care of a security guard while she waited for a room and had to give blood and a urine sample. Even her clothes and flip flops were taken away.

Roughly eight long hours later, Ms. Porten was finally discharged. However, she never got to speak with a doctor to get help. Instead, she says, “I was treated like a criminal and then discharged with nothing but a stack of Xeroxed printouts with phone numbers on them.”


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Read the entire article here: She Asked for Help for Postpartum Depression. The Nurse Called the Cops.

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