This presentation will explore how empowering women through a shared decision-making process, coupled with community collaboration, can improve the implementation of effective perinatal mental health practices in the obstetric setting and communities at large. Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) can occur in up to 20% of women during the perinatal period and are among the leading cause of complications associated with childbearing. Untreated, PMADs can have far-reaching negative effects on the mother, newborn child, family unit, and society at large. Multiple organizations recommend screening for PMADs and appropriate referral to treatment and follow up during the perinatal period.
- Learn effective strategies to implement best practice in the obstetric setting.
- Review the effects of a shared decision making model on empowering teams and improving patient- centered perinatal mental healthcare.
- Discuss collaborative, inter-professional approaches toward scaling perinatal mental healthcare best practices throughout communities.
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Dr. Kalena Lanuza
Dr. Kalena Lanuza, DNP, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, PHN, CLCI, is a Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from Frontier Nursing University in 2018. She currently serves as a faculty member in undergraduate and graduate nursing education and enjoys working with students as they accomplish their educational goals. She specializes in women’s health and her clinical and academic areas of interest include promoting emotional wellness during the perinatal period. Her DNP project informed the development of the Maternal Mental Health Coalition of Ventura County’s, “Perinatal Provider PMAD Toolkit”, used by perinatal providers and clinic systems throughout her community to treat and manage women with Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders. She helped found and co-chairs the Maternal Mental Health Coalition of Ventura County and is committed to improving perinatal mental health in her community through the use of inter-professional collaboration.