VCU School of Nursing students in Community Health Nursing (NURS 416) held the “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs)” conference April 28 in collaboration with the Richmond City Health District (RCHD). The nursing students worked with Laurinda Davis, RN, maternal health director with RCHD, to host the conference and create awareness of this serious mental health issue.

The audience included an interprofessional mix of more than 75 students, faculty and health care practitioners. The attendees learned more about PMADs and the resources available for patients. They also watched and discussed the film “Dark Side of the Full Moon.”

The conference featured a panel discussion with Janet K. Abraham, M.S.W., women’s health clinical social worker with VCU Medical Center; Margo Webb, B.S.W., social worker and human services coordinator with the Richmond City Health District; Karli Fees, M.S.W., clinical social worker in the Labor & Delivery, Mother-Infant Unit with VCU Health; and Inna Garber, M.D., Psychosomatic Medicine Fellow within the Department of Psychiatry at VCU.

As part of their service learning project, students aimed to bring awareness about PMADs to the community as well as inform RNs, social workers and others who practice at the Richmond City Health District.

Left to right: Dr. Inna Garber, Janet K. Abraham, M.S.W., Karli Fees, M.S.W. and Margo Webb, B.S.W.

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