When Californian woman Jessica Porten asked for help, she was met with an experience that has prompted her to fight for change in the US medical system.
In a post shared to her Facebook page, the mother-of-two related a post-natal check up that went completely awry – and ended with her being escorted to a hospital flanked by two police cars.
Porten told the nurse practitioner tending to her that she had been suffering from postpartum depression, which had manifested in dark, intrusive thoughts, since she’d had her daughter, Kira. She asked for therapy and medicine. Instead, she says the police were called.