The Bitter Pill

The Official Blog of UNITE –

Blogging Mothers Magazine March 2011 Edition

Click to get to Interactive Magazine Cover

Filed under: Blogging Mothers Magazine, Jenny Hatch, , ,

Oberlander Deems Effexor Infant Death To Be “SIDS”

You’ve seen the video of Matthew Schultz crying for the only time before his death at the age of two hours – and you’ve read his parents’ blog.

What you do not know is that for the past two years, Amery and Christiane Schultz have been actively seeking expert opinions and trying to find a lawyer. Unfortunately, so far the quest has been frustrating at best. One of the people that Amery has sought out for help was Tim Oberlander.

I have had the occasion dozens of times to talk with Amery through the process and I have expressed my frustration to him about what has gone on in meetings with Oberlander.

I considered Oberlander to be a wonderful expert after the May 2009 Vogue article on the risks of antidepressants and pregnancy. The article was titled “Pregnant Pause” and was written by Alexis Jetter. This report was basically a precursor to the AMA / ACOG release, as the subtitle read, “With a flurry of recent reports challenging the safety of antidepressants for unborn babies, doctors are rethinking the guidelines.” This article was put into the hands of Senators as we pounded the hill trying to stop The MOTHERS Act. Its publication in Vogue resulted in an attempt by Lauren Hale from PSI to publish a rebuttal she claimed or seemed to be claiming to have written herself, which as Evelyn Pringle reported at the time, was so obviously a planted smear campaign. Later that Summer as TIME Magazine published a story on The MOTHERS Act including a blurb about me, the folks with PSI practically went ballistic.

But when the AMA and ACOG reports were issued in August, my opinion of Oberlander changed. A report was issued in the media which claimed that antidepressants were safe for pregnant women. Oberlander’s name was listed as an author on the ACOG paper that the media was promoting as their so-called basis for pushing drugs on pregnant moms.

Add to that the fact that the original report was twisted to convey this false headline, and the fact that Oberlander had mentioned he wanted Hannah Kinney to help out with the Matthew Schultz investigation… and I was extremely concerned. Kinney is a researcher who has in the past stated that she wanted to look into the possibility of using Prozac-like drugs to prevent SIDS.

For anyone to claim that the death of a baby who was not doing well from birth after being born exposed to Effexor, and who was basically neglected by staff as he worsened and then went into cardiac arrest, was “SIDS” or was “natural” boggles the mind. For it to come from an expert like Oberlander shocks the conscience.

Here you can read Amery’s article on the topic of the “expert” report and the report coming from the coroner. As you can see, even Hannah Kinney considered the drug exposure to be an issue. So I am just left scratching my head and wondering who got to Oberlander, or where his integrity has gone.

Bobby Fiddaman commented on this situation on his blog here.

Also check out Bobby’s video memorial for many of the victims of antidepressants.

Filed under: pharmacology

Fiddy’s Ad for UNITE… SSRIs and Pregnancy

Shout out to Bobby Fiddaman, and many thanks for your work and collaboration.

Check out this short ad for our site, and please share it with your friends:

Filed under: pharmacology


Be a Facebook Fan!



Protect babies from drugs

Eli Lilly Funds Depression Screening Initiatives


Matthew Schultz killed by Effexor. Two hours old.

More Photos

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 733 other followers

Get the latest from the Fiddaman blog

Amery Schultz

Zofran Birth Defects Lawsuit 800-827-0087

BREATH – The Official Blog of MADNAP –

UNITE ARCHIVES – The MOTHERS Act Citizen Voting Area on Open Congress

Status: 76% AGAINST S. 324 The MOTHERS Act. Vote & Comment.

UNITE ARCHIVES – Stop The Dangerous and Invasive MOTHERS Act!

13,500 Signatures and Counting!


  • Antidepressants Again Linked to Preterm Birth & Seizures
    In what was more than likely originally an attempt to prove that depression causes birth complications, researchers from Yale, Tufts, et al found in two new studies that antidepressants increase the risk of preterm birth and seizures. Read more at this link on the newly redesigned UNITE website.
  • Who Could Do This On Purpose
    Read this blog to find out
  • Canadian Regulation on Fetal Exposure to Psychotropic Drugs – Public Input Needed
    Canadian Regulation on Fetal Exposure to Psychotropic Drugs – Public Input Needed (Cross-Posted on The Bitter Pill blog) Amery and Christiane Schultz have been asked to provide input on proposed recommendations regarding psychotropic drugs in pregnancy in Canada. Amery & Christiane are hard-working activists affiliated with UNITE and MADNAP. Please send […]
  • Relentless and Tragic Marketing: Psychiatric Drugs from Before the Cradle to the Grave
    These recent posts on The Bitter Pill and are of special importance. Check them  out. My Bad – Mothering Magazine Promotes “Antipsychotics” Not Just Zyprexa Mothering Magazine Publishes Letter Reaming Them for Being So “Anti-drug” Open Letter to the Editor of Mothering Magazine – Re: “Beat The Baby Blues” by John Breeding and Amy Philo Relen […]
      We will be at the Addison Wellness Expo this weekend, October 16-17 with an educational booth for UNITE, MADNAP and The Indiana Star Foundation. We are conducting a fundraiser to defray the costs of participating in this event and conducting other awareness activities.     Several wonderful and generous donors have contributed. We are […]

UNITE ARCHIVES – Victims & Survivors Against The MOTHERS Act: YouTube Playlist

Videos: Psych Drugs, Birth Defects, Infant Death, Violence & Suicide



Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 733 other followers

%d bloggers like this: