Perinatal Intensive Training

A Postpartum Depression Training for Birth Professionals

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: A primer on prevention, screening, identification and treatment for Doulas and Birth Professionals.

Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders affect around eighteen percent of all women nationally and sixty percent of women in Utah will report mild to moderate symptoms of Postpartum Depression. Well-researched but not widely understood, these illnesses are related to an increased risk of suicide, poor birth and neonatal outcomes, and long-term negative effects on child and maternal mental health.

This training will provide birth professionals with essential information on prevalence, unique symptomatology of mental health disorders in the perinatal period, screening tools, assessment protocols, and the unique needs of perinatal women who become hospitalized for psychiatric treatment. Special emphasis will be placed on utilizing tools for assessing risk, providing information to clients in a relatable way, and focusing on the prevention of emotional health issues during pregnancy. Concrete measures to improve birth outcomes related to anxiety and depression will be discussed and handouts, resources, and referrals within Salt Lake and Utah counties provided.


Attendees will have an understanding of the following:

1) Prevalence and impact of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

2) Primary diagnoses and their unique presentation in the perinatal period

3) Screening tools most widely used

4) Evidenced based treatment options

5) Unique needs of perinatal women with regard to assessment and hospitalization

6) Resources for patients and healthcare providers

7) Tools for assessing risk and planning for emotional wellness

8) Measures appropriate within the Doula/birth professional role

This training will be divided into two sections: Hours 8am-12pm will focus on signs, symptoms, risk factors, screening, and evidenced based treatment options. The second half, hours 1-5pm will focus on strategies specific to the birth Professional when working with clients.

Professionals who have previously attended section one of this training are welcome to attend only the second half. All others are required to complete part one to attend the latter half of the day. If you have any questions, feel free to call Amy-Rose White, Director of Maternal Mental Health at The Healing Group. (541) 337-4960 or email at


Date: 11/14/2014

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00pm

Cost: $300

Location: The Healing Group