Advanced Individual Courses

Maternal Mental Health: The Role of Obstetrics & Gynecology in Screening & Care

This course makes the case for perinatal mental health screening in the obstetrician’s office and provides information and resources to do so. Lecturers Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, PMH-C, Dr. Diana Lynn Barnes and Dr. Emily Dossett, review the definition of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, prevalence rates, risk factors, signs, symptoms and impact of untreated perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on the mother, infant and developing child. The course discusses differential diagnoses and providers recommendations on when to screen, what to do with a positive screen and successful interventions, including pscyho-pharmacology and guidelines surrounding breastfeeding and medication. Interviews with Dr. John Osmick of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and patient advocate Dede Wong are included. Following completion of the course, participants will be able to: (1) Describe how maternal mental health impacts mothers, babies and children; (2) Describe how universal maternal mental health screening in care is important for integration of care and baby's health; and (3) Recognize concerns and considerations in using psychopharmacology in breastfeeding mothers and the impact on babies.
  • Introduction
  • Learning Objectives
  • Why care about maternal depression?
  • Differential Diagnoses
  • Making the Case
  • Dr. John Osmick
  • Screening & Assessment
  • Recommendations
  • Breastfeeding & Medications
  • Patient Advocate: Dede Wong
  • Assessment
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed