She Asked for Help for Postpartum Depression. The Nurse Called the Cops.

On Thursday, Jessica Porten, a new mom in Sacramento, California, walked into her OB-GYN’s office for a routine postpartum checkup that became a harrowing ordeal. Although her daughter, Kira, was 4 months old, this was Porten’s very first post-birth visit to her OB.Porten told her nurse practitioner that she was having postpartum depression, or PPD, symptoms, including bouts of anger. She wanted to discuss treatment options. According to Porten, “I tell them I have a very strong...

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