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

Maternal Mental Health NOW | Course The Role of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Screening and Care for 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. Interview with John Osmick, MD, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center included.



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.


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

  • Describe how perinatal mental health impacts mothers, babies and children;

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

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




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