Maternal Mental Health NOW is thrilled to offer our introductory-level self-paced online certificate training on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, including depression and anxiety during pregnancy, postpartum depression and anxiety, OCD, and postpartum psychosis. Our Bringing Light to Motherhood: Online Training on Maternal Mental Health allows you to learn on your own schedule from the comfort of your home. The online program offers 12 hours of pre-recorded video lectures, personal stories, interactive quizzes, and supplementary reading material that you can access when it's convenient for you. 

Bringing Light to Motherhood is an approved pre-requisite course for Postpartum Support International's Certification in Perinatal Mental Health (PMH-C).

The training is comprised of 7 independent modules: (1) Risk Factors & Prevalence, (2) Symptoms & Diagnoses, (3) Screening & Assessment, (4) Attachment & Bonding, (5) Interventions, (6) Treatment Plans, and (7) Psychopharmalogical Considerations.


What do we cover in our training?

  • Myths, expectations & stigma
  • Impact on fetus, infant, developing child, family and couples
  • Inter-generational transmission of trauma
  • Differential diagnoses
  • Risk factor & co-occuring conditions
  • Prevention approaches
  • Screening & assessment
  • Cultural considerations
  • Attachment theory & dyadic approaches
  • Treatment & intervention
  • Psychoparmacological considerations
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Health Care Professionals including therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, community health workers, counselors, nurses (neonatal, labor and delivery, maternity, NICU), midwives, nurse practicioners, physicians (psychiatrists, OB/GYNs, pediatricians, neonatalogists, family practitioners, general practitioners, primary care physicians), lactation consultants, health educators, doulas & home visitors.
Training Objectives:
  1. Recognize and describe symptoms of perinatal mood and anxiety disorders
  2. Identify risk factors, co-morbid conditions and additional considerations
  3. Administer screening and assessment tools to pregnant and postpartum women
  4. Apply the basics of effective intervention and utilize resources for informed care
Price: $495*
Materials provided: learning videos, additional readings, and resources
You will have access to the content and materials in the training for 12 months from your date of registration. 
*Partial scholarships available for those who qualify.
Course content is available at discounted rates to health care institutions. Please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for pricing and details.
Continuing Education:
12 CEs provided by:
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This course meets the qualifications for 12 hours of continuing education for LMFTs, LPCCs, LCSWs, LEPs, and psychologists as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences and California Board of Psychology. Wellnest is the sponsor of continuing education for this learning module and is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Wellnest as the sponsor maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 


Diana Barnes, PsyD, MFT

Diana Lynn Barnes is an internationally recognized expert in women’s reproductive mental health. She is the editor and a contributing author of the definitive text Women’s Reproductive Mental Health Across the Lifespan (Springer, 2014).

She is a past president of Postpartum Support International and sits on their President’s Advisory Council. She is also a lead trainer with Maternal Mental Health Now. In addition to a private practice specializing in mood and anxiety disorders around the childbearing years, Dr. Barnes is a nationally known forensic expert and consultant in criminal cases where maternal mental illness is at issue. She is the 2009 recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the Eli Lilly Foundation.

Emily Dossett, MD, MTS

Emily Dossett is the founder and director of the Women’s Mental Health Program at LAC+USC Medical Center, which integrates psychiatry, obstetrics, and pediatrics to deliver maternal mental health care across the peripartum. As Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Dossett teaches regularly and conducts research on access to perinatal mental health care. Dr. Dossett is the psychiatric director of MAMAs Neighborhood, Los Angeles County program addressing toxic stress in pregnancy. She advises numerous policy organizations, including the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the California Health Care Foundation, Mathematica, and the Institute for Medicaid Innovation.

Gabrielle Kaufman, MA, LPCC, BC-DMT, NCC, PMH-C

Gabrielle Kaufman is a dance/movement therapist and licensed professional clinical counselor with over 20 years experience in the helping profession. Currently, she is director of Training and Technical Assistance for Maternal Mental Health NOW. Prior to this, she served as director of the New Moms Connect Program of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles. She served as Los Angeles coordinator for Postpartum Support International and has a private practice in Los Angeles providing services in both English and Spanish languages.

Caron Post, PhD

Caron Post is a clinical psychologist and consultant in private practice in Los Angeles. She is the former Executive Director of Maternal Mental Health NOW and past recipient of The Los Angeles Psychological Association’s Distinguished Service to the Community, Diversity and Social Justice Award. She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University.