Postpartum depression commission may be renamed for Rep. Ellen Story

Amherst Democrat founded the 20-member commission

Rep. Ellen Story (D-Amherst) is seen here in a WWLP file image.

BOSTON (WWLP) – Amherst Democrat Ellen Story will retire in January, after serving 24 years in the House of Representatives. Now, some of her colleagues want to honor her work.

An effort is underway to rename the Legislature’s postpartum depression commission in her honor. The special commission is made up of about 20 members: from mothers and legislators to nurses, therapists, and social workers. The group meets every three months to raise awareness and shape policy surrounding postpartum depression.

Story founded the commission, and has dedicated several years to helping new mothers overcome depression after giving birth.

Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem) is the lead sponsor of the bill to rename the commission the “Ellen Story Commission on Postpartum Depression.”

“She’s actually been able to really shine a lot of light on it, so I thought this was really a way to honor her as she leaves the Legislature after 24 years, to name this in her honor,” Lovely said.

The proposal has to go through the committee process and needs legislative approval, as well as Governor Charlie Baker’s signature, before it becomes law.