Introduction to Maternal Mental Health and the Mothers and Babies Course

Presented By Alinne Barrera, PhD
Alinne Barrera, PhD

15 Hours | 15 CEs

This on-demand professional training program on an Introduction to Mental Health for Mothers and Babies is presented by Alinne Barrera, PhD.

This program introduces participants to maternal mental health and common psychological disorders and symptoms experienced during the perinatal period (i.e., pregnancy and postpartum) with an emphasis on depression and anxiety.

This program introduces the topic, describes screening tools to identify and track symptoms, and will present evidence for prevention and treatment interventions. The final part of the program focuses specifically on the Mothers and Babies Course (MB), a prevention of postpartum depression (PPD) intervention that was recommended by the US Preventive Services Task Force for at-risk birthing persons.

This portion of the program describes the background and theoretical principles, structure, and content of the MB for participants interested in implementing the intervention in their communities.

Intended Audience

This on-demand professional training program is intended for mental health and other allied professionals

Experience Level

This on-demand professional training program is appropriate for beginner, intermediate, and advanced level clinicians.

CE / CPD Credit

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Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

Describe common maternal mental health disorders and symptom presentations

Describe common symptoms presentations for perinatal depression

Describe common symptom presentations for perinatal anxiety

Describe screening measures that can be used to assess depression and anxiety

Describe factors that impact disparities in maternal mental healthcare

Describe the research on one evidence-based prevention intervention for perinatal depression and anxiety

Describe the research on one evidence-based treatment option for perinatal depression and anxiety

Describe the theoretical principles and adaptations of the Mother and Babies program

Describe how to implement the Mothers and Babies Course in diverse communities and settings

Describe the evidence for the Mothers and Babies program as a prevention intervention


Presented By

Alinne Barrera, PhD

Alinne Barrera, Ph.D. is an English/Spanish-speaking California licensed clinical psychologist. Her scholarly work is focused on depression prevention, intervention adaptations, and the use of technology to disseminate maternal mental health resources. Dr. Barrera is an expert trainer and consultant...


1. Introduction

2. Workgroup Instructions

3. Workgroup - Andrea

4. Workgroup Discussion

5. Risk Factors

6. Other Potential Risks

7. Questions/Discussion

8. Unidentified Symptoms and Disorders

9. Screening for Perinatal Anxiety and Depression

10. Workgroup Instructions

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