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Trauma, PTSD and Perinatal Health


Continuing Education

This section brings together free in-depth Continuing Education resources for the Professional community concerned with trauma.

Trauma, PTSD and Perinatal Health

  • Date Created: 07/13/2022
  • Time to Complete: 1 hour
  • Credits: ANCC, APA, ASWB, ACCME, NBCC, Other Orgs
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Course Series: PTSD 101, PTSD Consultation Lecture Series

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Trauma, PTSD and Perinatal Health Author(s):

Yael Nillni, PhD


PTSD during pregnancy has been found to increase risk for negative perinatal outcomes for both mother and baby. Concerns include increased risk for preterm birth, low infant birthweight and postpartum depression. Research among women Veterans is revealing similar patterns, as well as finding a negative impact of military sexual trauma (MST).

This course reviews research on the associations between trauma, PTSD and perinatal health, with a focus on women Veterans. The presenter discusses potential neurobiological mechanisms for negative perinatal outcomes among women with PTSD as well as treatments for perinatal PTSD and postpartum depression.

Goals and Objectives

  • Describe the association between PTSD and perinatal outcomes
  • Discuss potential neurobiological mechanisms to explain the association between PTSD and perinatal outcomes
  • Identify treatments for perinatal PTSD and postpartum depression

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Also see: VA Mental Health