Perinatal Depression Screening in the NICU: Risk Factors, Myths and Resources

Program Date: 3 October 2019
Publication Date: 30 January 2020
Continuing Education Units: Nurse Contact: 1.0; Dietitian CPEU: 1.0

Course Description:

In this course, you’ll recognize the signs and symptoms of perinatal depression; identify the risk factors; describe the importance of screening; and discuss the effects of perinatal mood disorders on the offspring.

Course Objectives:

•Recognize the signs and symptoms of perinatal depression.
•Identify the risk factors for developing perinatal depression.
•Describe the importance of screening in the NICU.
•Discuss the effects of perinatal mood disorders on the offspring.
  • CDR Level: 1
  • Suggested Learning Codes: 3090, 4000, 4130, 5320
  • Performance Indicators: 2.2.2, 2.2.4, 3.2.3, 4.2.1
  • Run Time: 47

Course Instructor Bio(s)

Lita Simanis, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C

Perinatal Mental Health Clinician
Alexian Brothers Hospital System
Hoffman Estates, IL, USA

Lita is the Coordinator of the Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood & Anxiety Disorder Program at AMITA Health/Alexian Brothers. She developed the first perinatal intensive outpatient program in the state of Illinois that opened its doors in August 2015 and has now served over 500 patients. In addition to her current role at AMITA Health/Alexian Brothers she is a Perinatal Crisis Counselor for the Illinois Mom’s Line, Secretary on the Board of Directors for Postpartum Support International as well as a Board Member for the International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health. She is also the co-coordinator of the Postpartum Depression Illinois Alliance.

Lita has lectured on perinatal mood disorders in local, state and national settings. She started a quarterly Perinatal Mental Health Provider breakfast for local clinicians to learn and network. She is an active member of a quarterly Perinatal Mental Health Provider Clinical Consulting group and maintains memberships with Postpartum Support International, the National Association of Social Workers and the National Association of Perinatal Social Workers.

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