About the Course
As many as 1 in 7 moms (1 in 10 dads) experience symptoms of depression and anxiety during the postpartum period. People of every age, income level, race and culture can develop Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) during pregnancy and within the first year after delivery. In recent years there has been an uptake in attention given to perinatal mood and anxiety disorders (PMADs) otherwise referred to as postpartum depression. The doula movement arose in response to the lack of emotional and physical support during labor and birth and the limited postpartum care available from healthcare providers in the United States.
This program will allow Mental Health Counselors & Doula's to bridge the gap in care for expecting mothers,address the presence of mental health concerns, create a foundation for referrals between doulasand counselors, and identify techniques to help expectant moms who may experience anxiety and depression, and other mental health issues. These are critical steps in changing the conversation and stigma that have historically surrounded PMADs. This movement will also capture the movement to improve black maternal health.
Zoya McCants, EdD, LMHC, LPC
Dr. Z is a certified trauma specialist and holistic provider. She is trained as a psychotherapist, yoga teacher and meditation trainer.