About 10% to 20% of women experience depression and/or anxiety either during pregnancy or in the first 12 months after delivering. Untreated, these mood and anxiety disorders can lead to long-term impacts on the mother, fetus, newborn, developing child, and family. Yet too often, primary care providers do not feel equipped to treat these mental health needs.
To bridge this gap, the Los Angeles-based Maternal Mental Health NOW (MMH-NOW) trained primary care providers at the USC-Eisner Family Medicine Center to recognize and treat perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The initial experience with this clinic generated a network of informed providers who are now spreading the integrated perinatal mental health model through Los Angeles County. MMH-NOW supports the spread strategy by certifying providers in perinatal mental health, through both in-person and online training, and by advocating for improved care for new mothers and mothers-to-be.
Learn more about the problem of underrecognized and undertreated perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, the successes and challenges of the pilot program, and how your organization can connect with resources and expertise on this important topic. Hear from:
- Johanna Bloomfield, Esq., policy director, MMH-NOW
- Gabrielle Kaufman, LPCC, BC-DMT training director, MMH-NOW
- Caron Post, PhD, executive director, MMH-NOW
- Camilo Zaks, MD, medical director and CMO, USC-Eisner Family Medicine Clinic
A recording of the webinar and the presentation slides are available below.