Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc.
109 Udall Road
West Islip, NY 11795
For Immediate Release Contact: (631) 422-2255
Postpartum Depression Advocate Honored
WEST ISLIP, NEW YORK (May 19, 2005) – Sonia Murdock, Co-founder and
Executive Director of the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc. was selected
as one of the Top 100 Heros in the Volvo for Life Awards out of over 4,000
candidates nationwide www.volvoforlifeawards.com. Sonia received this honor
for her advocacy work in Postpartum Depression Outreach.
Sonia began her involvement in tackling postpartum psychosis when her sister
suffered its debilitating effects after the birth of her daughter. In helping
her sister through the illness, Sonia learned just how few resources actually
existed to help women suffering from postpartum mood disorders. She also
learned that many health care professionals and Para-professionals either didn’t
recognize the symptoms, or had no place to refer patients for follow-up. In
response, Sonia Murdock co-founded the Postpartum Resource Center of New York,
Inc. (www.postpartumNY.org). Postpartum Support International has recognized the
organization as a model program. There are now Postpartum Resource Centers
in Texas and Kansas.
Due to Sonia’s efforts, thousands of women have since found support and
referrals via the Postpartum Resource Center of New York. Moreover, Sonia has
worked to educate the public, health care professionals, and legislators on the
subject, especially in the wake of the Andrea Yates tragedy in Houston, Texas.
Sonia has made many media appearances and provides training nationally and
internationally regarding perinatal depression. She has presented to the United
Nation’s NGO Health Committee. She is advocating for the passage of HR 1940
the Melanie Blocker-Stokes Postpartum Depression Research and Care Act.
Sonia has served on the Boards of Downstate New York Healthy Start Project
Governance, Mercy Haven, National Association of Mothers’ Centers, New York
State Perinatal Association and Postpartum Support International and is there Past
President. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Roanoke
College in Salem, Virginia.
The Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc. is the 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization providing emotional support, educational information, support
groups and healthcare referrals to New York State mothers experiencing perinatal
mood disorders. To contact the Postpartum Resource Center of New York, Inc.’s
warmline call (631) 422-2255 or via firstname.lastname@example.org or www.postpartumNY.org.
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