Episode 265 - Dr. Lorinda Parks and Dr. Robert Keefe: Using ‘Centering Pregnancy’ to Address Postpartum Depression

Monday, June 03, 2019, 9:04:21 AM

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In this episode, our guests Dr. Lorinda F. Parks and Dr. Robert H. Keefe describe ‘Centering Pregnancy’ and how this multi-faceted group-based care model can be particularly beneficial when working with at-risk populations. The forms and symptoms of postpartum depression along with the relationship between postpartum depression and societal costs are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the social work profession’s role in establishing and maintaining interventions and supports within low-income communities, particularly with new mothers of color.

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Average Rating: 5stars  great potential for social work, Friday, February 12, 2021

By Mallory :

A much needed podcast on a topic that is not frequently discussed in social work. Though the setup for this episode was odd at first as it is a presentation of another recorded podcast, the dialogue between the interviewer and experts flowed really well. Centering Pregnancy is a group-centered strategy for improving prenatal care during pregnancy and reducing rates of postpartum depression following birth. The care model connects mothers together to form a sense of community; of shared struggle and companionship where mothers can support each other and share stories and advice. What is interesting about this episode is that perspectives are given from both the medical and social work view which is helpful to hear at the same time since client care is interdisciplinary and should be a cooperation between providers. Dr. Parks explains the positive outcomes centering pregnancy has had on reducing PPD rates in communities around the world and Dr. Keefe touches on how it has been particularly valuable for vulnerable populations such as Black mothers who are disproportionately at greater risk for disrupted prenatal care, preterm delivery, PPD and poor maternal outcomes. Dr. Keefe mentions that most of the research on PPD has predominately been performed by the medical community rather than social work, revealing that there is a need for increased participation and research on this topic by social workers. In the United States, pregnancy is generally viewed wholly as a medical condition and the social, cultural and mental-health aspects of it are often swept over. Interventions like centering pregnancy can return cultural and community aspects to pregnancy and improve health outcomes at the same time. The potential impact that social workers who are already skilled at group work can have by integrating into this practice and expanding outreach and awareness of it is expansive and I hope to learn more about it.

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Average Rating: 5stars  episode 265 review , Sunday, February 09, 2020

By Sierra Bellgraph :

Overall, I thought this was a excellent podcast. The topic was very interesting and relevant and the podcast explained how so. This podcast also provided a lot of great information on the topic that I think many people do not know. Everything was explained in a great way and nothing was left out. After listening to this podcast I feel like I gained a lot of valuable information on the topic. Although I think the introduction introduced the interviewees and information well I think it was too long.

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Average Rating: 4stars  enjoyed the informed discussion, Tuesday, January 28, 2020

By Anonymous :

Postpartum depression is something that does not get the focus that it needs. It is a problem that effects many women after pregnancy. Overall it was interesting to hear how these moms just being connected with people or other moms helps them feel better. In some cases this depression may just stem from the overwhelming nature of being a new mom and not knowing how to deal with it. Hearing how different populations are effected was interesting as well. Overall an informative and fun discussion to listen to.

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