Elisabeth - posted on 06/17/2010 ( 32 moms have responded )
This one will also get some heated replies. Over the last year or so I have noticed quite a few news reports of mothers with newborns claiming they murdered their babys because they were suffering from post natal depression. Close to where I used to live a mother drowned her newborn twin sons and only got sent to a mental assylum for 7 months and was not convicted of murder, but something (can't remember exactly what it's called) else that basically said that she did it because she was depressed. I'm not saying PND is not serious, but I don't think it merits murdering your child. Basically a mother can get so angry at their newborn and kill them and not even go to jail, or get a very short jail term because they claim they were depressed, even if they were never diagnosed with it. And people feel sorry for them! If any one else, such as a young man said he murdered someone because he was depressed I hardly think that would hold up in court, so why should new mothers get away with it. What do you think, do you think they should be 'taken easy on' or should they be treated like any other murderer?