Monthly Provider Seminars

If you are a OBGYN, Pediatrician, Midwife, Doula, Psychiatrist, Primary Care, Internal Medicine or any other provider that comes in contact with pregnant and new mothers – it’s important for you to have a solid understanding of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. The Motherhood Center is offering monthly Provider Seminars every month. Each seminar will be taught by one of our clinicians.


8 Myths of Motherhood

This talk seeks to unravel various culture bound ideas about motherhood and explore the various ways these ideas may affect the modern parent. The participant will gain further insight and sensitivity into the issues with which families struggle during the perinatal period, as well as gain practical skills one can use to assess and manage families who face challenges with mental health issues before, during and after pregnancy. This talk is applicable to all practitioners in the health-care field who want to better understand and communicate with the perinatal patient population.

Speaker: Meredith Weiss, MD – Child, Adolescent and Infant Psychiatrist -The Motherhood Center


Nursing on the Front Lines: Nursing Interventions for Identifying and Treating PMADs in Your Practice Setting

Nurses are front line providers for screening and promoting access to treatment for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) in many settings including: Obstetrics, Pediatrics, home care, community health, primary care and emergency settings. This seminar will give you practical skills that you can immediately apply to screen and treat families who are struggling with depression, anxiety and other mental health issues before, during and after pregnancy. This seminar is applicable to RNs and LPNs, PCAs, home health aides, and medical assistants, as well as advanced practice nurses in all specialties.

Speaker: Rebecca Feldman, PMHNP, CNM, RN – Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner – The Motherhood Center


Fertility Challenges and the Link to Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Many women begin their journey into motherhood with the help of fertility treatments. These women may be more vulnerable to developing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs). This seminar will shed light on the unique psychological challenges that may occur during pregnancy and postpartum. This seminar aims to help providers better understand the common hurdles these women face on their path into motherhood and how these hurdles may play a role in the development of PMADs.

Speaker: Catherine Boutwell, PhD – Psychologist – The Motherhood Center


The Politics of Perinatal Psychiatric Disorders

There is increasing recognition that perinatal psychiatric disorders are a leading cause of maternal morbidity and mortality. Yet, there is still a significant amount of women who suffer from these disorders unnoticed. This talk explores the history, evolution and current state of perinatal psychiatric disorders in the national context. Participants will gain greater understanding of and sensitivity towards perinatal psychiatric disorders and learn how to better identify, support and advocate for better parity of care for women with these disorders. This talk is directed toward all health care professionals interested in this area.

Meredith Weiss, MD – Child, Adolescent and Infant Psychiatrist -The Motherhood Center
Paige Bellenbaum, LMSW – Program Director – The Motherhood Center


Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in the Perinatal Period

While awareness about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) is on the rise, perinatal obsessive-compulsive disorder continues to be largely misunderstood by the healthcare community. This seminar will provide an overview of OCD symptoms specific to the perinatal period, with emphasis on common intrusive thoughts that emerge during this time. OCD assessment and treatment options will be discussed. 

Catherine Boutwell, PhD – Psychologist – The Motherhood Center