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Management of Perinatal Mood Disorders During Pregnancy

Sponsorship Statement: This continuing medical education activity is sponsored by the University of Colorado.

Support Statement: This activity is supported, in part, by a grant from the March of Dimes Foundation.

Course Chair:

Jenn Leiferman, Ph.D. , Associate Professor
Department of Community and Behavioral Health
Director, DrPH Program
Colorado School of Public Health
13001 E. 17th Ave C245, Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303)724-4388 Fax: (303)724-4476

Continuing Medical Education Information:

The University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This enduring material is approved for 3 years for the date of original release, January 15, 2015.


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The University of Colorado Denver, School of Medicine reports the following relationships: none.


Healthcare providers play an integral role in identifying and managing (i.e. treating or referring to care) perinatal mood disorders among pregnant women. This training is designed to provide an overview of the harmful effects of depression and anxiety on numerous maternal and child outcomes, as well as enhance patient-provider communication using a 5As framework (i.e. Assess, Advise, Agree, Assist and Arrange) to teach providers how to assess for depression and anxiety, advise the patient on treatment options, agree on a treatment plan, assist patient in any problem solving related to obtaining treatment, and arrange for supports for the patient, communicate the current national guidelines, safety considerations to antenatal physical activity and counseling strategies related to antenatal physical activity.

Target Audience:

The intended audience for this activity is for health care practitioners providing obstetric care.

Copyright Statement:

Created and published by the University of Colorado Denver, Colorado School of Public Health. Printed in the USA; Copyright 2011 University of Colorado Denver. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced without written permission from the publisher. The material presented at or in any of the University of Colorado Denver does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the University of Colorado Denver. The University of Colorado Denver nor the faculty endorse or recommend any techniques, commercial products, or manufactures.

How To Participate in this Activity and Obtain CME Credit

To participate in this CME activity, you must complete the following activities:

  1. Read the objectives
  2. Complete the pre-test
  3. Read the text and watch the videos
  4. Complete the post-test
  5. Complete the CME evaluation

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Upon submission of the competed materials, if a satisfactory score on the post-test is achieved, the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine will issue an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit certificate. View the OCME Internet Privacy Policy Statement here.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Identify current guidelines for prenatal depression and anxiety assessment and treatment
  • Locate and utilize screening assessment tools for perinatal mood disorders
  • Develop knowledge on available evidence-based treatments for prenatal mood disorders
  • Develop skills to increase self-efficacy and intent to manage prenatal mood disorders
  • Locate local and national resources for perinatal mood disorders

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