Welcome to Mental Health, the fourth bundle of the ICEA 2020 Virtual Conference. Working in maternity care can be deeply rewarding. It can also be stressful as you work hard to take care of your families and, sometimes, watch them encounter difficult situations. In these four sessions, you'll not only learn tips and tactics to teach your families, but you'll discover various ways you can take care of your own mental health.

You'll hear from several ICEA professionals and experts in their field. Sessions in this bundle include:

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Moral Injury in Members of the Perinatal Health Team
Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Childbirth
Inclusive Approaches to Reducing Birth Trauma and PTSD
A Birthworker’s Introduction to Mental Health in the Childbearing Years

If you complete all of the sessions in this bundle and their corresponding evaluations, then you'll earn 4.25 CEs!

About the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
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Welcome to Mental Health

This video provides an overview of the bundle as well as contact hour information. 

Burnout, Compassion Fatigue, and Moral Injury in Members of the Perinatal Health Team

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

Working in perinatal care can be deeply rewarding. It can also lead to job-related burnout, secondary traumatic stress, and moral injury. Secondary traumatic stress (compassion fatigue), or moral injury, can occur when witnessing traumatic events in the workplace.  This can occur when witnessing infant death or traumatic births, or when there is too much work, or work that doesn’t seem to make a difference, and little institutional support. Unfortunately, this is remarkably common among caregivers for perinatal women. Burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral injury can lead to physical and mental health sequelae for care providers and have a negative effect on the care they provider. Self-care is essential for being able to provide care to others. In this presentation, participants will learn about the causes and consequences of burnout, compassion fatigue, and moral injury. Fortunately, there is hope for recovery. Participants will learn some specific strategies for integrating self-care into their care for others.

After this session the learner will be able: 
1. To understand the causes of burnout for perinatal care providers
2. To understand the causes of compassion fatigue and secondary traumatic stress in perinatal care providers
3. To understand posttraumatic growth
4. To describe steps to recovery from burnout and secondary traumatic stress/compassion fatigue

Contact Hours:
One (1) ICEA Contact Hour; One (1) R-CERP

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Childbirth

Birdie  Meyer, RN, MA, CLC, PMH-C

This session will discuss the many faces of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, risk factors, signs and symptoms, and treatment options.  The main emphasis of this session is on PTSD in childbirth.  We will discuss the effects and consequences of a traumatic birth, including the nurses who witness the traumatic birth.  Treat options and resources will be provided.
After this session, the learner will be able to:
1. Understand an overview of prenatal and postpartum depression, anxiety, panic disorder, OCD, PTSD, and psychosis
2. Describe risk factors and treatment options for perinatal mood disorders treatment.
3. Understand the effects of a traumatic birth

Contact Hours:
1.50 ICEA Contact Hours; 1.50 R-CERP


Inclusive Approaches to Reducing Birth Trauma and PTSD

Amy-Rose White, MSW, LCSW, PMH-C

Over a quarter of all American women will report symptoms of birth trauma PTSD. Known risk factors and actionable steps exist to help guide providers in reducing this condition and improving the health and well-being of birthing parents and their families. This seminar will explore the diagnosis of PTSD related to childbirth as well as approaches to recognizing systemic and individual influences with a focus on oppression and bias as contributing factors. Concrete tools for prevention and intervention will be discussed.

Contact Hours:
1.25 ICEA Contact Hour; 1.25 R-CERP

A Birthworker’s Introduction to Mental Health in the Childbearing Years

Bonita Katz, BA, RN, ICCE, ICBD, IAT, CLC

This short presentation is a very basic introduction to mental health during the childbearing years.  It is geared toward those who are beginning their journey into birth work as childbirth educators and doulas.  The most common mental health issues are described.  Also included are some helpful, practical tips that birth workers can share with families.
After this session, the learner will be able to:

1. Describe the most common perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) and their typical signs and symptoms
2. Distiguish between postpartum "blues" and postpartum depression
3. Discuss practical helps for PMADs appropriate for those who are not mental health professionals

Contact Hours:
0.50 ICEA Contact Hour; 0.50 R-CERP