At least one in ten women will develop clinical depression following childbirth, making postpartum depression (PPD) the leading postpartum complication. Healthcare providers must be aware of the risk factors associated with PPD, as well as the validated screening and diagnostic tools available, in order to promote the proper care for new mothers and their children. This course reviews the epidemiology, diagnosis, assessment, treatment and clinical implications of PPD, such as the importance of seeking treatment for mothers screening positive for PPD and the detrimental impact of untreated PPD on the mother, family and society. PPD screening measures for use in clinical practice are included and empirically-validated treatments for PPD are reviewed. Patient handouts to facilitate care are provided. Lastly, future clinical considerations are addressed.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Recognize three symptoms of PPD that allow for differentiation from two other postpartum disorders.
- Articulate three risk factors associated with the development of PPD and three adverse effects of untreated PPD.
- Identify two validated screening measures appropriate for PPD screening.
- List three evidence-based treatment options for PPD.