About This Webinar:
Parental mental health during pregnancy, the postpartum period, and the early years of parenthood can have critical long-term effects on expectant mothers, their babies, and their family as a whole. Supporting the well-being of mothers directly impacts the well-being of their babies and families. This webinar provides an in-depth discussion of perinatal mental health, including postpartum depression (PPD), anxiety, and other mood disorders experienced during pregnancy and the first year after giving birth, and the unique experiences among military families.
Throughout this webinar, presenters discuss how providers can broach the topic of mental health with parents, the importance of early identification, and how to support military families in seeking help. Join this session as we highlight ways to reduce the stigma associated with maternal and paternal mental health and promote a supportive culture in the military community.
By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Define perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) that may be experienced during pregnancy, postpartum, and early parenthood, including signs, symptoms, and treatment options
- Explore unique vulnerability factors and symptoms of maternal and paternal depression and anxiety in military families.
- Discuss preventive strategies families and providers can use to support maternal/parental mental health.
- Identify resources and practical steps to address mental health concerns for military families.
Summer Jones is a Senior Writer and Training
Jennifer Novak is the Senior Writer/Training Specialist for Military Family Projects at ZERO TO THREE. She has a specialty focus on the needs of children and families impacted by trauma and applies a trauma-informed lens in creating these tools. She provides training and technical assistance to professionals and develops evidence-based resources designed to support military families with young children.
Continuing education credit is available.