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The goal of theNebraska Perinatal Depression Project is to promote the identification and screening of women with perinatal depression through expanded and enhanced screening, referral and treatment.

In pursuit of this goal, the Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, developed an interactive, web-based curriculum to educate/train providers on the topic of perinatal depression screening and appropriate referral and treatment. Please register/log-in to see the curriculum overview and learn more about the topic of perinatal depression!

3.0 credit hours are now available for Licensed Mental Health Providers upon completion of the Perinatal Depression Curriculum.

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by CNE-NET, the education division of the North Dakota Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

3.0 nursing contact hours will be awarded to nurses who complete the curriculum in its entirety.

Credit hours and contact hours provided until Sept 11, 2013.


Faculty includes the following people who contributed to the organization and development of the material as well as curriculum review and support for this project:

  • Michael Egger, MD
  • Mark Hald, Ph.D.
  • Kelly Hasenauer, APRN
  • Carol Isaac, MA, RN
  • Erika Krull, MSEd, LMHP
  • Jean Marie Place, MSW, MPH
  • Judi Schleife, MSN, RN
  • Jearlyn Schumacker, CNM
  • JoAnne Scott, MSN, RN
  • Les Veskrna, MD

At the end of this session, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify risk factors, symptom patterns and barriers to perinatal depression detection.
  • Assess clients for perinatal depression using the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale (EPDSP).
  • Identify the impact of perinatal depression on children and family outcomes, and the influence of culture on our understanding of depression.
  • Describe the treatment options recommended for management of various types of perinatal depression.
  • Employ appropriate resources/help for providers, patients and families when planning perinatal depression interventions.

Funding for the development of this website was supported by the US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau Grant #P12MC05012.

Title V/Maternal & Child Health Services Block Grant Program from DHHS Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau Grant # B04MC21312 October 2010 – September 2012.

This curriculum was last updated August 2011.