Screening and Treatment of Postpartum Depression

This free, CME-certified webinar provides clear tools to help you effectively screen and treat new mothers for postpartum depression. This is critical for your primary care practice, as this condition affects up to 19 percent of mothers and newborns. The risk is even higher in some populations. Symptoms can progress to include psychosis, suicidal thoughts, or thoughts of harming themselves or their infant. Even without these extremes, women who are affected by postpartum depression are less likely to provide their infants with enriched environments. Children of depressed mothers can exhibit psychiatric symptoms themselves even within just two years. This webinar is presented by Project TEACH, a program funded by the New York State Office of Mental Health.

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Primary Care and Family Practice Physicians
  • Pediatricians
  • Obstetricians/Gynecologists
  • Nursing Professionals
  • Residents
  • Other Mental Health, Primary Care and Pediatric Clinicians

Learning Objectives

At the end of this activity, participants should be able to:

  • Review the risks and benefits of different treatment options for depression in the context of the postpartum and breastfeeding
  • Describe the risk factors for postpartum depression
  • Discuss the presentation of postpartum psychosis and associated risks
  • Discuss bipolar disorder and treatment during the postpartum period
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation
Course opens: 
Course expires: 


Marlene Freeman, MD


Marlene Freeman, MD has no financial disclosures to report

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.00 Participation


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Release Date: May 29, 2018
Expiration Date: March 2, 2023
Review Date:  March 2, 2022  by Robert Althoff, MD, PhD


David H. Rubin, MD, reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH

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The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:


Marlene P. Freeman, MD, speaker

Research Support: JayMac (Investigator Initiated Trials (PI), Sage (Research), Alkermese, Inc., Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc., Forest/Actavis, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Dr. Freeman is an employee of Massachusetts General Hospital, and works with the MGH National Pregnancy Registry), Acadia, NIMH (As an employee of MGH, Dr. Freeman works with the MGH CTNI)

Consulting fee: Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) (independent data safety and monitoring committee)

Honoraria: GOED newsletter (medical editing)


All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

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Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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