Transition to Motherhood: Recognizing Mental Health Issues in New and Expectant Mothers

Most adult women will become mothers during their lifetime. Many are unprepared for the emotional challenges of pregnancy and the postpartum period.

Up to 25% of new mothers experience postpartum mood disorders—and not just depression, but also anxiety and even psychosis. Participants will learn to distinguish between what is a normal part of the adjustment process, and what is clinically significant.  The experiences of women both with and without pre-existing mental health issues will be discussed.  Treatment approaches and strategies that effectively prevent and reduce symptoms will also be presented.


Dr. Vesna Pirec, MD, Ph.D., Chief Clinical Officer, Insight Behavioral Health Centers Dr. Pirec is a nationally recognized expert in the area of women's behavioral health and peripartum mood disorders.  She is the author of several textbook chapters and articles, and is a member of NASPOG (North American Society for Psychosocial Obstetrics and Gynecology) -Elected Board Member en Large, the Marce Sociéty for Perinatal Mental Health, Fellow Member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA), and the Illinois Psychiatric Society. Agnieszka Grabowski, MA, Program Coordinator of Women's Reproductive Mental Health Services, Insight Behavioral Health Centers Agnieszka specializes in psychotherapy approaches with pregnant and postpartum women.  She is also a board member of Illinois Society for Clinical Social Work and is actively involved with the Perinatal Depression Program at NorthShore University Health Systems which operates the only 24/7 hotline for perinatal women in distress in the Chicagoland area. 2 CEUs for Clinical Social Work will be provided (also can be used for MFTs and Counselors).


Wednesday June 19, 2013 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM CDT 8:30 - 9:00 am Registration, Continental Breakfast 9 - 11 am Presentation


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