This course provides information on depression during or after pregnancy, addressing a broad range of physical and emotional struggles faced by pregnant and postpartum women and their families. The course material focuses on the possible causes of perinatal depression; the differences between “baby blues”, perinatal depression, and postpartum psychosis; and how to identify perinatal depression, what to do, and how it can affect babies and their families. The course also includes resources on where to get help and advice for fathers, families, and friends.
This course is based on the reading-based online article, Depression During and After Pregnancy: A Resource for Women, Their Families, and Friends created by HRSA Staff
Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS
Course Material Author
HRSA Staff authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.
This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors, social workers and nurses who seek knowledge about perinatal depression -- depression during and after pregnancy. It is appropriate for an introductory level of participants' knowledge.
After taking this course, you should be able to:
Explain the causes and types of perinatal depression.
Describe how a woman can identify her own perinatal depression and what she can do about it.
Analyze and assess the usefulness of information provided regarding advice for others and the additional sources of information available.
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The following relevant financial relationships have been disclosed by this activity's planners, faculty, and
Planners and Reviewers
The planners of this activity have reported that they have no relevant financial relationships.
Faculty: Keith Gibson, Ph.D.
There are no relevant disclosures.
There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.
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