We know behavioral health is important in obstetric care and that pregnant and perinatal women have unique needs. But with behavioral health practitioners entering the field from a variety of training modalities, how do we upskill ourselves for work with special populations? This presentation will review findings from a quality improvement project focused on enhancing knowledge and skills for work with OB patients among our behavioral health intern and post-doctoral fellows at a Primary Care clinic. Learn about basic core competency areas for behavioral health with OB patients, including those related to mental and physical health. We will also discuss successes and challenges in using Behavioral Health as part of an OB pathway and explore opportunities for assessing social determinants of health in obstetric care.
- Identify key competency areas for providing safe and effective behavioral health care with perinatal patients.
- Discuss how to identify and address social determinants of health in perinatal patients.
- Understand the benefits and challenges of implementing a clinical pathway to increase integration between behavioral health and obstetrics care.