Child and Teen Checkups Program

Implementing Postpartum Depression Screening During Infant Well Child Checks

Options and Resources to Address Logistical Barriers to Screening During Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Visits


Mother comforting baby over her shoulderThis webinar provides practical options and resources for implementing postpartum depression screening into infant well visits in the pediatric primary care setting. Universal screening identifies mothers in need of support and/or treatment, enabling them provide the best care for their child. Untreated postpartum depression can affect infant development, resulting in lower cognitive performance, dysregulated attention and arousal, and other negative health outcomes. Only 64% of new mothers enrolled in Medicaid plan to complete their postpartum visits, yet 92% of Medicaid enrolled two month-old babies receive a well child check. This webinar provides practical input from clinicians in Minnesota to help capitalize on infant wellness visits as an opportunity to address postpartum depression and improve outcomes for both the mother and infant.

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Presented by

Tessa Wetjen, MPA - Minnesota Department of Health
Brian Lynch, MD - Pediatrics, Mayo Family Clinic Northwest
Shannon Neale, MD - Family Practice physician, Park Nicollet

Intended audience

This webinar is designed for health care professionals interested in practical ideas and guidance to incorporate postpartum depression screenings into well child visits during the first year of life. The webinar will provide options for overcoming workflow and referral issues related to the addition of screening, among other barriers.