Maternal mental health impacts not only the mother but also her baby and family. Perinatal mood disorders are often underdiagnosed and under recognized. Up to 20% of women suffer from postpartum depression, yet, health care provider knowledge is limited on how to address this serious condition.
The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an increasingly challenging postpartum period for mothers. Health care providers are in an optimal position to screen, evaluate, refer, and treat maternal mental health issues. An integrative treatment approach, ranging from various evidence based modalities, has been instrumental in optimizing maternal mental health.
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About the Speaker
Valerie M. Kading, DNP, MBA, MSN, PMHNP-BC
CEO, Sierra Tucson
Dr. Valerie Kading is the CEO of Sierra Tucson, where she provides the strategic vision to ensure that the facility’s patients and their families receive the most innovative, compassionate and leading medical and psychiatric treatment for trauma, addiction and other mental health conditions from a world-class staff of clinicians and behavioral health professionals.
Dr. Kading joined Sierra Tucson in 2015, where she rose to become chief medical operations officer, then interim chief medical officer, chief operations officer and ultimately Group Chief Executive Officer for the entire 258-bed Sierra Tucson Group – Sierra Tucson in Arizona, along with Sierra by the Sea and Sunrise Ranch in California.
Dr. Kading brings to Sierra Tucson’s patients a special interest in women’s mental health including perinatal mood disorders, maternal well-being and postpartum depression. In addition, she has deep expertise in addressing the trauma of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) that can lead to substance use and other issues in adulthood.
She has received recognition with honors and awards throughout her career, including most recently “Leaders to Watch in 2021” by AZ Business, “The 10 Most Admired Women Leaders in Business, 2020” by CIO Views and the “Advocate State Award for Excellence” from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.