Friday, November 6
Understanding and Supporting Maternal Mental Health through the lens of Postpartum Depression
Presented by: Dr. Renee Bruno
One in seven women suffer from postpartum depression and 50% of cases begin in pregnancy. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders are treatable. Left untreated depression and anxiety can lead to negative maternal and maternal-child outcomes. Early intervention and treatment are the key to full recovery. Childbirth educators are in a position to offer education, support and guidance on perinatal complications including perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Understanding and Supporting Maternal Mental Health through the lens of Postpartum Depression will define perinatal mood and anxiety symptoms under the umbrella of postpartum depression to assist childbirth educators in providing anticipatory guidance for those at risk or suffering.
Dr. Bruno is in Private Practice specializing in Women’s Mental Health and Reproductive Psychiatry. She is Medical Director of selected Psychiatric Services at Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Tulane School of Medicine, and Gratis faculty at LSU School of Medicine. She enjoys teaching both ObGyn and Psychiatry trainees. She serves as the Perinatal Psychiatry consultant to the Louisiana Mental Health Perinatal Partnership. Dr. Bruno is a graduate of Tulane School of Medicine and a New Orleans native. She completed her Psychiatry residency at The Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston and Child Psychiatry Fellowship at Tulane School of Medicine.
Dr. Bruno's clinical practice spans over 20 years including outpatient, inpatient, consult-liaison and academic psychiatry in the area of Women’s Mental Health and Wellness and Perinatal Mental Health with a gender-specific focus across the lifespan of women. She maintains a devotion to community education and capacity building in Louisiana regarding the gender relevant treatment of girls and women suffering from mood and anxiety disorders.
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