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Amanda Seyfried Criticizes US Healthcare System for Ignoring New Moms’ Needs After ‘$20K Bill’

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Oscar nominee Amanda Seyfried criticized the US health care system for ignoring the needs of new mothers outside of childbirth, on Tuesday’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers.

The 35-year-old mother of two promoted her role as Julie Davis in A Mouthful of Air author Amy Koppelman’s film adaptation of her own 2013 novel, which hits US theaters exclusively this Friday.

The Postpartum Depression Indie Drama – Critically Panned By THR, LA Times, and Yahoo – also features Finn Wittrock, Jennifer Carpenter, Michael Gaston, Amy Irving and Paul Giamatti.

Lesson learned: Oscar nominee Amanda Seyfried criticized the US health care system for ignoring the needs of new mothers after childbirth, on Tuesday’s episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers

“It really reflects how we talk about mental health in general and also how we treat mothers in health care, which…we don’t do,” Amanda noted.

“As soon as you have a baby, you go home. And that’s it. There are no check-ins in the fourth trimester. There’s no, “Hey, are you okay?”

Seyfried continued: ‘As women, we cannot be forgotten, especially when we leave the hospital and get those $20,000 bills even after insurance and without assistance. Lactation consultants are not free as far as I know. And psychological help is not affordable.’

The Mean Girls alum admitted she is “lucky” that her mother Ann lives with her and husband Thomas Sadoski to help raise their two children.

Postpartum depression drama: The 35-year-old mother of two promoted her role as Julie Davis in Amy Koppelman's directorial debut A Mouthful of Air, which hits theaters Friday

Postpartum depression drama: The 35-year-old mother of two promoted her role as Julie Davis in Amy Koppelman’s directorial debut A Mouthful of Air, which hits theaters Friday

Amanda commented: 'It really reflects how we talk about mental health in general and also how we treat mothers in health care, which... we don't.  Once you have a baby, you go home.  And that's it.  There are no check-ins in the fourth trimester.  There is no, "Hey, are you feeling alright?"'

Amanda commented: ‘It really reflects how we talk about mental health in general and also how we treat mothers in health care, which… we don’t. Once you have a baby, you go home. And that’s it. There are no check-ins in the fourth trimester. There’s no, “Hey, are you okay?”

“I can pass the baby on to her when I’m at work and I know they’re safe,” Amanda said.

“When you’re a single mom, you know, you get the feeling that you have to go it alone, which is crazy. It used to be a tribal thing.’

Seyfried — who has been taking Lexapro for OCD since age 19 — added, “It’s so traumatic to give birth to a baby, even if you’re not suffering from anxiety or depression or any kind of mental illness to begin with.”

The Pennsylvania resident revealed that “every mother” she has spoken to is “terrified” that their babies will die overnight from SIDS.

Seyfried continued: 'As women, we cannot be forgotten, especially when we leave the hospital and get those $20,000 bills even after insurance and without assistance.  Lactation consultants are not free as far as I know.  And psychological help is not affordable'

Seyfried continued: ‘As women, we cannot be forgotten, especially when we leave the hospital and get those $20,000 bills even after insurance and without assistance. Lactation consultants are not free as far as I know. And psychological help is not affordable’

The Mean Girls alumnus admitted she is

The Mean Girls alumnus admitted she is “lucky” that her mother Ann (R, pictured Sunday) lives with her and husband Thomas Sadoski to help raise their two children

Amanda said, 'I can pass the baby on to her when I'm at work and I know they're safe... When you're a single mom, you know, you get the feeling that you have to do it alone, how crazy is.  It used to be a tribal thing'

Amanda said, ‘I can pass the baby on to her when I’m at work and I know they’re safe… When you’re a single mom, you know, you get the feeling that you have to do it alone, how crazy is. It used to be a tribal thing’

“It’s grim, but it’s the reality of motherhood and having a small child. There’s only so much you can do,” Amanda explained.

‘It is very difficult. And we don’t talk about it enough and I hope this movie generates that conversation and I hope people understand that there’s a lot of help out there. And we need more of it.’

Seyfried and the 45-year-old Tony nominee — who have been married for four years — are proud parents of four-year-old daughter Nina and a 13-month-old son (reportedly named Thomas Jr.).

“My one-year-old is about to start walking. He wants to die,” the star of Things Heard & Seen joked.

Seyfried - who has been taking Lexapro for OCD since age 19 - added: 'It's so traumatic to give birth to a baby, even if you don't suffer from anxiety or depression or any kind of mental illness to begin with'

Seyfried – who has been taking Lexapro for OCD since age 19 – added: ‘It’s so traumatic to give birth to a baby, even if you don’t suffer from anxiety or depression or any kind of mental illness to begin with’

The 45-year-old Tony nominee was pictured Friday with their 13-month-old son (allegedly named Thomas Jr.)

Their four-year-old daughter Nina is pictured on October 18 jumping on a trampoline

Family: The Pennsylvania native and 45-year-old Tony nominee (L) — who has been married for four years — are proud parents of four-year-old daughter Nina (R) and a 13-month-old son (M).

Amanda joked, “My one-year-old is about to walk.  He wants to die.  he's just, "Where are the sockets?  Where's the glass?  Show me where the knives are.  I'm going to have some fun." And he has masculine energy' (photo 5 September)

Amanda joked, “My one-year-old is about to walk. He wants to die. He’s just, “Where are the outlets? Where’s the glass? Show me where the blades are. I’m going to have some fun.” And he has masculine energy’ (photo 5 September)

“He’s just, ‘Where are the sockets? Where’s the glass? Show me where the blades are. I’m going to have some fun.” And he has masculine energy.’

Thomas was married to Kimberly Hope and Amanda was dating Justin Long when they met in 2015 while performing in Neil LaBute’s The Way We Get By at the Second Stage Theater.

Tuesday marked Seyfried’s fifth appearance on the NBC talk show and she gushed, “This is my favorite show, really!”

Tuesday marked Seyfried's fifth appearance on the NBC talk show and she gushed,

Tuesday marked Seyfried’s fifth appearance on the NBC talk show and she gushed, “This is my favorite show, really!”

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