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A Comprehensive Review of Postpartum Depression (PPD) for Healthcare Providers

by Laurie LaMonde, PhD 3 CE Credits

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. 

Continuing education for this online course is offered through the following approvals:


  • HealthForum is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. HealthForum maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
  • HealthForum (ACE Provider #1156) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. HealthForum maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: (6/20/2017 to 6/20/2020). Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 3 Clinical continuing education clock hours.
  • HealthForumOnline, LLC, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0355
  • HealthForum has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 6216.  Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. HealthForum is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.
Course Sections/Outline:
  • Introduction
  • Diagnostic Criteria
  • Differential Diagnosis
  • Risk Factors Associated with the Development of Postpartum Depression
  • Screening for Postpartum Depression
  • The Detrimental Effects of Untreated Postpartum Depression
  • Treatment Options for Postpartum Depression
  • Future Clinical Considerations
  • Web-based Resources
  • Recommended Reading
  • References

Learning Objectives:

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.