Miscarriage, Stillbirth & Infant Death: Perinatal Mental Health

This training, along with additional readings, defines perinatal loss and addresses the ways in which infant loss affects parents and families. The presentation reviews cultural considerations related to death and loss and offers resources to providers who support families coping with pregnancy loss, stillbirth, or death of an infant. This course includes an interview with Ivy Margulies, PhD, expert in perinatal loss.

Learning objectives include:
1) Recognize range of emotional reactions to perinatal loss in grieving parents;
2) Describe how couples grieve differently;
3) Describe various strategies to support bereaved parents;
4) Identify resources for bereaved parents.

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 perinatal loss?
  • Dr. Ivy Margulies
  • Miscarriage
  • Prevalence
  • Grief & PTSD
  • Kiley's Story
  • Advice for Providers
  • What to Do
  • Self Care
  • Conclusion
  • Loss Assessment
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed