Identifying & Supporting Expecting and New Parents At-Risk for Developing a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder

Research shows that early intervention can be effective for preventing up to 50% of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Doulas and other birth workers are uniquely positioned—as both providers of emotional support as well as trusted resources of information—to connect expecting and new mothers and families with a prevention-based mental health intervention. In this session, attendees will learn strategies for how to support those clients who are at an increased risk of perinatal mental illness due to a pre-existing mental health condition or other risk factors, as well as learn about the evidence-base underpinning prevention and early intervention-based mental health solutions. Also included are discussion of those experiences related to fertility treatments and miscarriages.