The Role of Obstetrics & Gynecology in Screening & Care of Perinatal Mental Health

This introductory course makes the case for perinatal mental health screening in the obstetrician’s office and providers information and resources to do so. Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, PMH-C, Diana Lynn Barnes, PsyD, LMFT and 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 birthing person, 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 psychopharmacology and guidelines surrounding breastfeeding and medication. Interviews with John Osmick, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and patient advocate Dede Wong are included.

(1) Describe how perinatal mental health impacts mothers, babies and children;
(2) Describe how universal perinatal mental health screening in care is important for integration of care and baby's health;
(3) Recognize concerns and considerations in using psychopharmacology in breast/chestfeeding caregivers and the impact on infants.

This course is for healthcare professionals working with families in the perinatal period with a particular focus on obstetrics. This includes mental health professionals, nurses, physicians and midwives, doulas and birth workers, lactation consultants, health educators and more.


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 activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Maternal Mental Health NOW. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The Cedars-Sinai Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The California State Board of Registered Nursing accepts courses approved by the ACCME for Category 1 credit as meeting the educational requirements for license renewal.

Terms of Credit: CMEs will be available for these modules from August 2021 to August 2023.

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