Join us for a FREE webinar series deepening our understanding of specialized issues and populations in perinatal mental health! Designed for care providers who work with new families, join us as we learn about some of the complex issues impacting young families.

The virtual trainings will take place quarterly on Fridays from 12-1pm (PST). The series is free to all but prior registration is required. Login information for each session will be provided upon registration. Below you will find the full schedule.


November 1, 2019 - Substance Use & Perinatal Depression, Margaret Lynn Yonekura, MD

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IMPORTANT: You must attend live in order to view these webinars. Archives will not be immediately available, so be sure to mark your calendars!

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Friday, February 1, 2019: Homelessness and Perinatal Mental Health

During this webinar Carina Dominguez will discuss multiple aspects of pregnancy and parenting she encounters amongst homeless youth (ages 12-25) at Safe Place for Youth.  She will focus on mental health concerns amongst these parents and the services they seek.

Faculty: Carina Dominguez, CD, CLC (Safe Place for Youth)

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Carina Dominguez is the Pregnant and Parenting Case Manager at Safe Place for Youth (SPY).  She has a background as a BirthWorker, Breastfeeding Counselor, and Reproductive Health Educator. With her role as Case Manager she helps guide youth who are homeless and journeying through pregnancy and parenting.


Friday, May 3, 2019: Exploring the Crossroads between Obstetrics and Mental Health in Perinatal Care

This webinar will explore the risks of untreated mood disorders in pregnancy, including the association between Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and adverse perinatal outcomes including preterm delivery, low birth weight, and preeclampsia.  We will discuss options for psychotropic medications in pregnancy as well as the barriers to treatment from the perspective of both the patient and the Obstetrician.


Eynav Accortt, PhD (Cedars Sinai Medical Center)

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Eynav Accortt, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist whose research focuses on mood and anxiety disorders during the female reproductive life course and in response to chronic illness. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of OBGYN at Cedars-Sinai, she is also interested in the association between maternal mental health and adverse birth outcomes.


Sarah Smithson, MD (Cedars Sinai Medical Center) 


Dr. Smithson is currently a Maternal Fetal Medicine Fellow at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA.  Research interests include postpartum depression and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy.  She graduated from residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, NJ.  She attended medical school and received a Masters Degree in Medical Education and Leadership at the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine in Biddeford, ME.


Friday, August 23, 2019: Incarcerated Mothers - Understanding the System and their Unique Mental Health Needs

This session will offer participants a window into the world of women who experience pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period, while incarcerated.  Participants will leave the training with a deeper understanding of the current statistics on incarcerated mothers, various correctional settings, circumstances and maternity options available to them, unique pregnancy, birthing and postpartum stressors experienced, attachment and bonding concerns and recommendations, ethical considerations on early parenting/bonding while incarcerated, and an overall increased understanding of how to support incarcerated mothers. 

Faculty: Sayida Peprah, PsyD


Dr. Sayida Peprah is both a licensed clinical psychologist and trained birth doula.  She specializes in multicultural psychology, trauma, suicide prevention and maternal mental health.  Dr. Sayida has a multi-faced career as a supervisory-level Clincal Psychologist, Associate Professor of Cultural and Correctional Psychology for the University of Phoenix, and a presenter and consultant on topics of cultural diversity/humility, mental and maternal mental health.


Friday, November 1, 2019: Substance Use and Perinatal Depression

Faculty: Margaret Lynn Yonekura, MD (Dignity Health, L.A. Best Babies Network)



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