Presentation Information

Melanie Badali

Anxiety and Related Disorders During Pregnancy and Postpartum

  • Speaker: Melanie Badali , PhD, RPsych, CACBT-ACTCC Certified in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
Abstract:

The perinatal period is a time of great transition and uncertainty. It is normal for women to experience increased stress and anxiety as they adjust to changes in their body and life. But experiencing anxiety is not the same as having an anxiety disorder. Anxiety disorders are associated with intense distress and significant impairment in functioning (which can include problems caring for self and baby). Anxiety Disorders are estimated to occur in 9% to 22% of women during pregnancy and 11% to 21% of women postpartum. The good news is that Anxiety Disorders are treatable. Psychotherapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) are effective and have no known contraindications for pregnant and breastfeeding women. The goal of this presentation is to help front line health care professionals recognize problematic anxiety during the perinatal period and identify evidence-based interventions.