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The Psychological Birth of a Mother
Friday, November 06, 2020, 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM EST
Category: Affiliate Programs

The Partnership for Maternal and Child Healthcare of Northern New Jersey in Collaboration with The Essex and Union County Association of Psychologists (EUCAP)
The Psychological Birth of a Mother
November 6, 2020    
9:00 am - 11:00 am ET    
Live Webinar Lecture & Panel Discussion

For Psychologists Requesting CEs
The link for completion of CE evaluation and credit (with payment to NJPA) will be available at the end of the webinar. 
Please contact Dr. Susan Parente ([email protected]) or Dr. Monica Indart ([email protected]) with questions.
CE Certificate cost:  $15 NJPA Member       $0 NJPA Sustaining Member       $25 non-NJPA member

Registration is on-line at www.partnershipmch.org. GoToWebinar link will be provided within the registration confirmation email.
This workshop is sponsored by NJPA. NJPA is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. NJPA maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Program Overview
This program will review perspectives and recommendations for treatment of perinatal mood disorders. It will outline clinical approaches to dealing with postpartum depression and anxiety as a woman transitions into her new role. The presenters will discuss differential diagnoses (“baby blues” versus postpartum depression/anxiety), pros and cons of using antidepressants, and the importance of employing wellness strategies. There will be an overview regarding the difficulty of access to mental health treatment in the context of socio-economic and racial inequities, followed by a panel discussion. Audience questions and participation regarding one's own practice dilemmas will be encouraged.   
Keynote Speaker
Roberta Dracxler Meaker, MD graduated from Sao Paolo Medical School, completing her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology in Brazil prior to moving to New York to conduct research at New York University. While there, she completed
her training in Psychiatry and then specialized in Women's Mental Health (Perinatal Psychiatry or Reproductive Psychiatry). Dr. Meaker maintains a private practice in New York, NY, and Summit, NJ
Clinical Do’s and Don’ts: 9 Steps to Wellness

Linda Klempner, PhD, a licensed psychologist in NY and N.J., began Women’s Health Counseling & Psychotherapy in Teaneck over thirty years ago. Having served on the Board of Depression After Delivery and Postpartum Support International, she is currently Postpartum Support International-Advisory Council chair. Co-founder of the PSI-New Jersey Chapter, she serves as PSI-NJ vice president and is on the Partnership for Maternal & Child Health of Northern New Jersey’s Regional Education Committee. She is a winner of the Stars of RESOLVE award.

The Conscious Motherhood Experience
Alexis Menken, PhD, the creator of The Conscious Motherhood Experience, is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 20 years of experience focusing on reproductive mental health. She is on the Advisory Council for Postpartum Support International and has been their NJ Coordinator for 18 years. A member of Governor Codey’s task force for Postpartum Depression, she sits on the NJ Maternal Mortality Review Committee, and is on the board of the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health. Dr. Menken co-founded the NJ Chapter for Postpartum Support International, currently serving as its co-president.  She has a private practice in Montclair, NJ

Suffering in Silence - How  racial and ethnic disparities increase the risks of developing PMADS
Nneka Symister, MSW, LCSW, is a therapist specializing in helping women and couples who suffer with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, miscarriage and loss. Ms. Symister has almost two decades of experience supporting diverse patients in underserved populations, including inner city residents and the LGBTQIA community. She is clinically licensed in NY state and is also deeply involved in her community serving as member of state and national professional organizations, including the National Association of Social Workers, National Alliance on Mental Illness and The Links, Incorporated.
Lisa Robbins, MD, a graduate of Tulane University School of Medicine, began her post graduate training with an internship

in pediatrics at New York Hospital, Cornell University Medical Center in New York City and then completed her residency in psychiatry at Saint Vincent's Hospital. After training, Dr. Robbins worked at the University of Medicine and Dentistry - New Jersey Medical School, Department of Psychiatry. In 2005, Dr. Robbins entered private practice in Livingston, New Jersey, with a concentration on mental health throughout a woman’s lifecycle.  Dr. Robbins’ work emphasizes the psychopharmacological treatment of women before, during, and after pregnancy. 
Target Audience
Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Psychologists and other Mental Health Providers, Advanced Practice Nurses, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Nurses (perinatal and psychiatric)
Level of Learning: Intermediate
Learning Objectives
  • Describe different types of perinatal mood disorders
  • Describe and recognize when to refer a patient to a psychiatrist
  • Identify and explain three main risks and benefits of antidepressants in the treatment of perinatal mood disorders
  • List and describe the racial and socio-economic disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of perinatal mood disorders
Learning Outcome
At the conclusion of the program, the participants will self-report knowledge gain related to perinatal mood disorders and
intent to change practice by including information or tools presented into professional practice.

Disclosure/Commercial Support
The planners and speakers do not have any conflicts of interest to report for this activity. There is no commercial support for this activity.
Successful completion
To receive continuing education hours for this program, the registrant must be logged in, attend the entire presentation, and complete and submit an evaluation to their respective organizations.
Continuing Nursing Education Contact Hours
This program has been awarded 2 contact hours. There is no fee for program attendance or CNE contact hours. A certificate of completion will be presented within one week of the program broadcast.
The Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the New Jersey State Nurses Association, an accredited approver, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. #P194-2/2023
Approval status does not imply endorsement by the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, NJSNA or by ANCC of any commercial products discussed/displayed in conjunction with the educational activity.
Special Accommodations
Requests for accommodations through Americans with Disabilities Act must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. 
Please contact Susan Parente ([email protected]) for discussion of needs.
Contact Amy Gole at [email protected]






This program is partially funded by a grant from the New Jersey Department of Health