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Postpartum Psychosis: Are Birthing People of Color Falling Through the Treatment Gap?

Postpartum psychosis is a rare condition that affects approximately 2 in 1000 postpartum birthing individuals. Yet, researchers suspect that these numbers may not accurately reflect the true impact, considering the large number of individuals giving birth every year.

An additional concern is the disparity in unreported and untreated maternal health conditions among people of color, which may put them at a higher risk for delayed diagnosis and treatment.


Recorded webinar.

Learning Objectives

  • Disseminate knowledge on identifying early signs and symptoms of postpartum psychosis. 
  • Discuss the most appropriate interventions for treating postpartum psychosis.
  • Examine the factors that may place birthing people of color at risk for delayed diagnosis and treatment of postpartum psychosis.
  • Discuss the barriers to seeking emergency maternal mental health care among marginalized and minoritized birthing individuals.
  • Explore culturally congruent strategies providers can employ to support minoritized birthing persons that have experienced postpartum psychosis.

Target Audience

Medical Students, Residents/Fellows, Psychiatrists, Non-psychiatrist Physicians, Psychologists, Social Workers, Nurses, Peer Specialists, Pharmacists

Estimated Time to Complete

Estimated Duration: 1 hour
Event Date: October 10, 2023
Credit Claim Date: October 10, 2026

How to Earn Credit

In support of improving patient care, American Psychiatric Association (APA) 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 American Psychiatric Association (APA) designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Planning Committee and Faculty 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.

Faculty Disclosures

  • Ayana Lage. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Jennifer Okwerekwu, MD, MS. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
  • Lindsay Standeven, MD. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Planning Committee

  • Regina James, MD, APA. Has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Accessibility for Participants with Disabilities

The American Psychiatric Association is committed to ensuring accessibility of its website to people with disabilities. If you have trouble accessing any of APA’s online resources, please contact us at 202-559-3900 for assistance.

Technical Requirements

This internet-based CME activity is best experienced using any of the following:

  • The latest and 2nd latest public versions of Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari
  • Internet Explorer 11+

This Web site requires that JavaScript and session cookies be enabled. Certain activities may require additional software to view multimedia, presentation, or printable versions of the content. These activities will be marked as such and will provide links to the required software. That software may be: Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Windows Media Player.

Optimal System Configuration:

  • Browser: Google Chrome (latest and 2nd latest version), Safari (latest and 2nd latest version), Internet Explorer 11.0+, Firefox (latest and 2nd latest version), or Microsoft Edge (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Operating System: Windows versions 8.1+, Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard) +, Android (latest and 2nd latest version), or iOS/iPad OS (latest and 2nd latest version)
  • Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements:

  • Windows PC: Windows 8.1 or higher; 1 GB (for 32-bit)/2 GB (for 64-bit) or higher RAM; Microsoft DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM driver; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content
  • Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.5 or higher with latest updates installed; Intel, PowerPC G5, or PowerPC G4 (867MHz or faster) processor; 512 MB or higher RAM; audio playback with speakers for programs with video content

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Availability: On-Demand
Expires on 10/10/2026
Cost: FREE
Credit Offered:
1 CME Credit
1 COP Credit
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