Maternal Mental Health Symposium 2020

Friday September 25, 2020 from 9:45 AM to 3:00 PM
Please join us for our 3rd Annual Maternal Mental Health Symposium hosted by El Camino Health. All events are free and open to the public.
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Friday September 25, 2020
9:45 AM - 3:00 PM
Online Event Instructions

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Cost: There is no fee to attend this symposium. This event is made possible by generous sponsorship through the El Camino Hospital Foundation.

This event has been approved to provide continuing education credit for the accrediting agencies listed below.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP532, for _4_contact hours.

El Camino Health is accredited by the Institute for Medical Quality/California Medical Association (IMQ/CMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. El Camino Health designates this learning activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

El Camino Health (Provider #1000066) is approved by the California association of marriage and family therapists to sponsor continuing education for lmft’s, lcsw’s, lpcc’s and lep’s. El Camino Health maintains responsibility for the program and all its content. Course meets the qualifications for 4 hours of continuing education credit for LMFT’s, LCSW’s, LPCC’s and LEP’s as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

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Please see the addendum for a copy of the detailed course syllabus and Continuing Education details.

Welcome Remarks: 9:45 a.m.

Opening Keynote: 10 - 11 a.m.

Establishing the 4th Trimester
In the weeks following birth, women navigate multiple challenges, including recovering from childbirth, plunging hormones, and learning to nurture and care for the newborn. The 4th Trimester Project envisions a world where every woman receives the social, emotional, physical, and economic support she needs to successfully transition through the postpartum period and into her new identity and life as a mother.

Presenter: Alison Stuebe, MD., MSc, FACOG; Professor, University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Presentation 2: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Peer Panel Presentation
Women and their loved ones will discuss their lived experiences with perinatal mental health conditions.

Facilitator: Brianne Baker, LMFT, Adult Outpatient Manager, Scrivner Center for Mental Health & Addiction Services, El Camino Health

Break: 12:15-12:45 p.m.
(Open House Zoom Rooms for Resources)

Presentation 3: 12:45-1:45 p.m.

Inpatient Perinatal Psychiatry: The Treatment of Perinatal Mental Health Conditions in an Inpatient Specialty Unit

An overview of the treatment of perinatal mental health conditions in an inpatient specialty unit. We will review how to recognize the specific criteria utilized to determine if a patient is appropriate for an inpatient psychiatry admission for a perinatal mental health condition and how to refer that patient to care. We will discuss the best practice treatment interventions provided during an inpatient admission and how to connect and identify to the appropriate step-down treatment and resources after discharge.

Presenter: Nirmaljit Dhami, MD., Medical Director Inpatient Perinatal Unit, Scrivner Center for Mental Health & Addiction Services, El Camino Health

Final Presentation: 2 - 3 p.m.

How Could She Do That To Her Baby? Understanding Drug Use in Pregnancy
An overview of traditional approaches to drug use in pregnant women, and how they have failed to achieve the goal of healthy pregnancy, along with a model that does work with good outcomes.

Presenter: Tricia Wright, MD., MS, FACOG, DFASAM; Professor of Clinical Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Services

Speaker Bios:

Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FACOG, FABM completed her Obstetrics and Gynecology residency at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. She completed fellowship training in Maternal Fetal Medicine at Brigham and Women’s, and she earned a Masters in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She has published more than 160 peer-reviewed articles. She is currently a Professor and Board-Certified Maternal-Fetal Medicine subspecialist at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and Distinguished Professor of Infant and Young Child Feeding at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. In the clinical arena, she is Medical Director of Lactation Services at UNC Health Care, and she works with an interdisciplinary team of faculty and staff to enable women to achieve their infant feeding goals. Her current research focuses on developing models for holistic and equitable care of families during the 4th Trimester.

She is a member of the Steering Committee for Moms Rising North Carolina, and she is actively engaged in professional organizations. She is president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and a former board member of the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine. At the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, she is a member of both the Breastfeeding Expert Work Group and the Maternal Mental Health Expert Work Group, and she chaired the Task Force on Reinventing Postpartum Care.

Dr. Nirmaljit Dhami serves as, Medical Director Inpatient Perinatal Unit, Scrivner Center for Mental Health & Addiction Services, at El Camino Health. She has been with the Maternal Outreach Mood Services (MOMS) program since its inception in April 2008. She was instrumental in incorporating a novel, video-based mother baby attachment intervention in the program. With her team, she has created a new and comprehensive MOMS self-assessment tool. Dr. Dhami is a board member of the international perinatal Marce society and serves a panel member on the California Perinatal Mortality Task Force (CA- PMR). She completed her residency in adult psychiatry from UCSD. She has completed a California Health Care Foundation sponsored fellowship in health care leadership and change from UCSF. Dr. Dhami’s interests include assessment and treatment of psychotic disorders in pregnancy and postpartum, and perinatal suicide.

Tricia Wright, MD MS is a Professor of Clinical Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Health at the University of California, San Francisco. Previously she was at the University of Hawaii and founded the Path Clinic, a perinatal clinic specializing in the care of pregnant and parenting women with Substance Use Disorders. She is board certified in both Obstetrics and Gynecology and Addiction Medicine and a Fellow of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a Distinguished Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She has published multiple papers on pregnancy and addiction as well as a textbook Opioid Use Disorders in Pregnancy published in 2018 by Cambridge University Press.

Dr. Wright completed her undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, her MD from the University of Michigan. She completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the University of New Mexico and obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Research from the University of Hawai‘i.

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