My Baby Would Be Better Off Without Me: Suicide and Perinatal Mental Health

Suicide is a leading cause of death during the perinatal period. Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, PMH-C, discusses statistics, risk factors, warning signs, screening tools, risk assessment, safety plans and other tools and resources to address suicide before and after childbirth. Despite many healthcare professionals discomfort with talking about suicide, understanding the importance of directly addressing this issue is essential in suicide prevention. The course includes personal accounts and case studies of suicidal ideation and suicide.

Following the completion of the course, participants will be able to:

(1) Identify how feelings of suicide impact the birthing person in the perinatal period;
(2) Name risk factors and protective factors in relation to suicidality in the perinatal period;
(3) Describe the CS-RRS (Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale) and other suicide screening tools and discuss ways they may be implemented.

This course is for healthcare professionals working with families in the perinatal period. 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
  • What is the issue?
  • Raul's Story
  • Postpartum Suicide Logic
  • Personal Story: Martha Escudero
  • Warning Signs
  • Blanca's Story
  • Risk Factors
  • Why Screen?
  • Screening Tools
  • Questions to Ask
  • Keep in Mind
  • Tools & Resources
  • Tools & Resources 2
  • Case Studies
  • Conclusion
  • Suicide Assessment
  • Course Evaluation
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed