Mom's Mind Matters: Maternal Mental Health Awareness
Depression and anxiety impact 1 in 5 pregnant and postpartum women. This presentation will provide education on maternal mood disorders with a focus on postpartum depression and anxiety. We will discuss assessment, resources available and a brief overview of treatment options. We will consider how maternal mood disorders affect the whole family and explore ways child life specialists and all medical professionals can help.
Suggested Domain: Assessment
1. Learn basic information on maternal mood disorders including postpartum depression and anxiety.
2. Explore available resources and support services for moms and families.
3. Identify how and why maternal mental health is relevant to all professionals working with children.
4. Identify one's role in helping families who are experiencing a maternal mood disorder.
Certified Child Life Specialist
Katie Dillard, CCLS, PMH-C graduated from The University of Alabama and has been a child life specialist for 12 years. She is also a Certified Perinatal Mental Health Specialist. Katie has experience working in inpatient and outpatient settings including NICU, NICU follow up clinic and Labor and Delivery with an emphasis on maternal mental health support. She is a volunteer coordinator for Postpartum Support International and a Resolve Through Sharing perinatal loss coordinator.
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