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Midwifery Week: Midwifery Role in Perinatal Mental Healthcare

Course Description
Postpartum depression aects at least 1 in 7 women, with dramatic consequences for the woman, her family, and her community. Over the years, the understanding of what postpartum depression is and the importance of identifying and treating women with postpartum depression has increased. Unfortunately, available treatments for depression are often dicult to obtain or are not acceptable to the intended recipients. Midwives are on the frontline caring for postpartum women and are vital in screening, diagnosing, treating, and referring women for postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. This presentation will discuss the role of midwives in this area of women's health care.
Learning Objectives
1. Identify screening mechanisms for postpartum depression in the clinical setting.
2. Identify resources to support women with postpartum depression.
3. Describe the midwifery role in managing postpartum depression.


Melissa Hatter, CNM,. MSN, RN

Speaker Bio
Melissa Hatter is a Certified Nurse-Midwife in Georgia. She received her BSN from the University of Alabama in 2007 and her MSN in nurse-midwifery from East Carolina University in 2012. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing at Georgia State University. Melissa has been practicing as a full-scope midwife for over 11 years and her passion is educating women on their bodies and their health care options. She firmly believes that knowledge is power and that empowering women requires listening to and learning from women just as much as providing information to women.

CEs Offered: 1 CE

Course Expiration: September 25, 2025