CAPPA Canada Pre-Conference 1 Day Workshop – October 25, 2012

Introducing CAPPA Canada Pre-Conference 1 Day Workshop on October 25, 2012 in Ottawa Ontario, presented by Postpartum Support international (PSI) titled Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care. Speaker Birdie Gunyon Meyer, is an RN with a Master’s Degree in Psychology/Counseling.  She is the Coordinator of the Perinatal Mood Disorders Program at Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, Indiana. She is the immediate Past-President of Postpartum Support International and Chairperson of the President’s Advisory Council. Birdie specializes in the recognition and treatment of pregnancy and postpartum mood and anxiety disorders.

Depression and other mood disorders occur in up to 15 percent of pregnant and postpartum women. Perinatal mood disorders (PMD) are the most common complication of pregnancy and most often are undiagnosed and untreated. Untreated mood disorders and anxiety can have significant long-term negative consequences on the mother, fetus, infant and family. These can include chronic maternal depression, low birth weight, premature birth, cognitive and developmental delays and family conflict.

Postpartum Support International (PSI) is the world’s largest non-profit organization dedicated to helping women suffering from perinatal (prenatal and postpartum) mood and anxiety disorders. PSI was founded in 1987 to increase awareness among public and professional communities about the emotional difficulties that women can experience during and after pregnancy.The organization offers support, reliable information, best practice training, and volunteer coordinators in all 50 U.S. states as well as 26 countries around the world.

This event will cover a range of topics such as:

  • The Perinatal Period
  • Myths of Motherhood
  • Stigma of Mental illness
  • Barriers to Treatment
  • Signs and Symptoms
  • Breastfeeding and PMD
  • Infertility, Adoption, Pregnancy Loss, Infants in NICU and much more.

To get the full schedule of the event please click [here].

CAPPA Canada is the childbirth and postpartum professional association of Canada. For registration information or to learn more about them, please visit or click [here].

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