4 R-CERPs + 4 CEUs + 4 CPEUs

Mental Health First Aid for the Perinatal Care Provider

Kristin Cavuto, LCSW, IBCLC
Course description
When a pregnant or postpartum client is struggling with a mental health issue, you may find yourself struggling as well. How do you provide effective support without going outside of your scope or causing harm or trauma?

4 Modules

#1 Provider Bias

Explore the hierarchy of needs and learn how cultural humility and bias affects the perinatal families. Learn how to recognize your own biases and use culturally humble care to improve health outcomes in marginalized populations. 

#2 Mental Illness

Learn about the various mental illnesses that affect the perinatal population, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Learn the effect of preexisting mental illness in the perinatal client and how to screen your clients.

#3 Suicidality

Learn how to ask about suicidal ideation, assess lethality of intent, and how to document suicidality. Explore types of treatment, and how to help clients overcome barriers to receiving care.

#4 Addiction, Eating Disorders, and Intimate Partner Violence

Learn the signs and symptoms of addiction and eating disorders and the options for care. Learn how to assess and provide support for intimate partner violence safely and effectively.

+ 3 Implementation Call Recordings

Meet the Instructor

Kristin Cavuto, LCSW, IBCLC

Kristin is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (since 2003) and IBCLC (since 2010) in private practice in central NJ, as well as a LLL Leader (since 2008). Her practice specialties are low supply, maternal and infant mental health, and the intersection of ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender in the care of the new family. She has spoken on various lactation and mental health topics at LC in PP, the Lehigh Valley Breastfeeding Association Conference, and for LLL of the Garden State, and is active in several online lactation communities. 

She is the mother of two boys who nursed full term despite maternal IGT, and who are now 14 and 11. In her spare time, she attends adult Harry Potter conferences, where she speaks (and is writing a book on) sorting and parenting. She is an anti racist and LGBT+ activist, and a Gryffindor.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Learners say 

This course is a level up for lactation professionals. Often times we are the first to see and assess the well being of birthing parents. We see them before their 6 week follow up. As a result we are able to identify the ball before it starts rolling and before little issues become bigger issues. This training gives us the tools to properly assess birthing parents and give them the referrals they need to transition into parenthood.

Chanelle Andrews, IBCLC

This course for exceeded my expectations. Kristen did such an amazing job with providing very specific signs to look for, best techniques tools and timing for screening and a multitude of resources. This is so well worth any provider’s time.

Sharon Curtin-Bottomley RN, IBCLC, LCCE

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Knowledge Gap

Upon completion you will have a greater understanding of culturally humble client care, and more confidence handling perinatal mental health challenges in your practice. 



Identify signs and symptoms of perinatal mood disorders and psychosis, addiction, eating disorders, and domestic violence.


The learner will learn the assessment of suicidal clients.


The learner will be able to know when and how to refer clients to mental health treatment. 

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IBLCE Content Outline

I. B. 5 Maternal nutritional status 
II. 4 Maternal autoimmune disorders
II. 5 Maternal nutritional status
IV. 1 Alcohol and tobacco 
IV. 3 Drugs of abuse 
IV. 6 Medication (prescription, over-the-counter, diagnostic and therapeutic procedures)
V. 5 Family lifestyle
V. 6 Identifying support networks 
V. 7 Maternal mental health 
V. 8 Maternal psychological/cognitive issues 
V. 9 Mother-baby relationship 
V. 12 Cultural competency
VII. A. 7 Communication Technology 
VII. B. 1 Active Listening 
VII. B. 2 Anticipatory guidance 
VII. B. 4 Documentation 
VII. B. 5 Educating mothers and families 
VII. B. 6 Educating professionals, peers, and students 
VII. B. 8 Emotional support 
VII. B. 9 Empowerment 
VII. B. 10 Group support
VII. C. 3 Code of Professional Conduct (CPC) 
VII. D. 1 Apply research in practice
VII. D. 2 Appraise and interpret research results

Course Lessons

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