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, PsyD, LMFT, PMH-C and Dr. Emily Dossett, MD, MTS, 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.

This course meets the qualifications for 2 hours of continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, LEPs, and psychologists as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and California Board of Psychology. Community Partners FBO Maternal Mental Health NOW is the sponsor of continuing education for this learning module and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Community Partners FBO Maternal Mental Health NOW as the sponsor maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This course is also approved by Cedars Sinai to offer 2 CME credits for medical professionals including RN, NP, PA, DO and MD through the AAFP.

Please follow-up with your licensing board directly to confirm if these credits will apply in your state.
  • 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
  • Course Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed