The Role of Pediatrics in Screening & Care for Perinatal Mental Health

Maternal Mental Health NOW | Course The Role of Pediatrics in Screening and Care for Perinatal Mental Health

This one-hour course, plus additional readings, makes the case for perinatal mental health screening in the pediatrician’s office and provides information and resources to do so.  Gabrielle Kaufman, MA,LPCC,BC-DMT,NCC,PMH-C, Diana Barnes, PsyD, LMFT, Elisa Nicholas, MD, 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 parent, 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 pscyhopharmacology and guidelines surrounding breastfeeding and medication. Interviews with Ellen Rothman, MD, of MLK Outpatient Medical Center, John Osmick, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Sarah Randall, PhD.


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


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

  • Describe how universal perinatal mental health screening in pediatric care is important for integration of care and infant’s health;

  • Describe how perinatal mental health impacts infants, children and family;

  • Describe key steps for using perinatal mental health screening in integrated pediatric care;

  • Identify concerns and considerations in using psychopharmacology in breast/chestfeeding caregivers and the impact on infants.




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