Women's Mental Health Care in 2022: Practice Tips and Resources for Advancing Quality and Reducing Risk
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1.25 CME Credits
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The care of women in life stages related to childbirth (pregnancy, postpartum, lactation) poses unique challenges and risks for psychiatrists. The adverse effects of untreated maternal mental disorders such as perinatal depression on fetal and infant development are significant such as low birth weight and pre-eclampsia. Fetal and/or infant exposure to psychotropic medications is a major concern for psychiatrists and patients due to the possibility of major congenital malformations or other long-term developmental problems in children. The use of neuromodulation therapies in this patient population is also growing and offers some advantages such as possible lessened need for psychotropic exposure, but with unknown long-term risks. Obtaining timely, relevant, and evidence-based information in a rapid and easily understandable format is critical for both psychiatrists and patients. Developing strategies for ensuring safe and quality care as well as mitigating any practice risks is key. The presenters are psychiatrists with decades of experience in the practice of women’s mental health and neuromodulation (electroconvulsive therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation) and experts in risk management who will review foundational knowledge and relevant cases from their practice to illustrate quality and safe women’s mental health care. Participants will discuss relevant cases with colleagues and debate best practices. Sound risk management strategies including the ABCDEs and the 3 Cs will be reviewed. Helpful resources including online and literature references for the practicing psychiatrist and residents/fellows will be provided and demonstrated.


Recorded webinar, non-interactive, self-paced distance learning activity.

This presentation was recorded at the American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting 2022.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss relevant cases common in women’s mental health care practice
  • Review foundational knowledge required for safe and quality care of women who are pregnant, postpartum, or lactating
  • Locate reliable and expert online resources and literature regarding women’s mental health care concerns (e.g. psychopharmacology, neuromodulation) for clinician and patient education
  • Demonstrate sound risk management strategies in caring for women who are pregnant, or lactating

Target Audience


Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 75 minutes
Begin Date: March 1, 2023
End Date: March 1, 2026

How to Earn Credit

Participants who wish to earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™ or a certificate of participation may do so by completing all sections of the course including the evaluation. A multiple choice quiz is provided based on the content. A passing score of 60% must be achieved. Retakes are available for the test. After evaluating the program, course participants will be provided with an opportunity to claim hours of participation and print an official CME certificate (physicians) or certificate of participation (non-physicians) showing the event date and hours earned.

Continuing Education Credit

In support of improving patient care, the American Psychiatric Association is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The APA designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Faculty and Planner Disclosures

The American Psychiatric Association adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Medical Education. Any individuals in a position to control the content of a CME activity — including faculty, planners, reviewers or others — are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with ineligible entities (commercial interests). All relevant conflicts of interest have been mitigated prior to the commencement of the activity.

Program Presenters

  • Jacqueline Hobbs, MD, PhD, UF Department of Psychiatry. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Richard Holbert, MD, Medical Director, UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Donna Vanderpool, MD. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Lauren Schmidt, MD, Assistant Professor. Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.

Program Planners

  • Jacqueline Maus Feldman, M.D., Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests.
  • Robert O. Cotes, M.D., Vice-Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 
  • Uchenna Okeye, M.D., Vice-Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee, Reports no financial relationships with commercial interests. 

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