Four months after having her second baby, Jessica Porten started feeling really irritable. Little things would annoy her, like her glider chair. In California, where Porten seeeks, those rates are even higher, spurring state lawmakers to introduce a package of bills to improve mental health screening and treatment for new moms.
Porten admitted to the nurse that she was having some violent thoughts. The nurse called the police.
The police escorted Porten and her baby to a nearby emergency room. Hospital staff made her change into a gown and took her purse, but they let her keep her diaper bag for the baby.
But Thomas said what constitutes imminent danger can be vague. There have been times she felt asked to rely on legal reasoning over her clinical judgment.
The legislation has given Jessica Porten a new purpose.
But she rejected that idea. By California Healthline. February 8, at 1: February 8, at 4: Porten said she hopes the legislation will help women avoid what she went.
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