Optional Session Blue: Infertility and PMAD Treatment Implications for Women of Color


20% of the United States population will be diagnosed with infertility, with women of color experiencing the disease at greater rates than their counterparts. Literature has indicated that infertility can lead to feelings of depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma. Additionally, 1 in 5 birthing people of color will experience a perinatal mood and anxiety disorder (PMAD). Infertility is identified as a risk factor for developing a PMAD. Furthermore, women of color often have various intersections that further complicate their experiences with PMADs. Left untreated, PMADs can impact interpersonal relationships, mother-baby attachment, finances, and lead to or exacerbate substance use. To operate from a culturally humble lens, mental health professionals need to understand the impact of infertility and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders on women of color. This presentation will provide an overview of infertility and perinatal mental health in women of color and offer useful treatment implications. focus on useful mental health strategies and techniques when working with those experiencing infertility and perinatal mental health issues.

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Define infertility and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.
  • Discuss how infertility and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders impact women of color.
  • Discuss effective treatment techniques when working with this population.

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