CE Credit

Postpartum Health: Screening and Intervention

Welcome to the training on Postpartum Health: Screening and Intervention provided by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Credit hours: 1.25 CE

Goal

The goal of this module is to equip Texas Health Steps providers and other health-care professionals to identify and address factors that affect maternal health and safety in the first year after childbirth.

Target Audience

Texas Health Steps providers and other interested health-care professionals.

Specific Learning Objectives

After completing the activities of this module, you will be able to:

  1. Summarize the leading causes of postpartum maternal mortality and morbidity in Texas.
  2. Specify the postpartum health risks and conditions that are associated with maternal mortality and morbidity.
  3. Integrate screening, treatment, and counseling that promote maternal health and safety in the first year after childbirth.
  4. Integrate preconception and interconception services, such as contraception counseling, that can improve maternal health and future pregnancy outcomes.

NOTE: For purposes of this module, the term “women” also includes adolescent girls of reproductive age.

Please note this module expires on 10/24/2022.

This module was released on 10/24/2019.

Accreditation Statement

Disclosures

Browser Requirements

AIM Safety Bundles from the Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2019). Practice Bulletin 212: Pregnancy and Heart Disease. [Abstract].

ACOG news release, May 3, 2019

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2018). Postpartum Health Care Toolkit.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Patient Education FAQs, including Annual Well-Woman Exam, Your Postpartum Care Team, Postpartum Birth Control, Alcohol and Pregnancy, Tobacco and Pregnancy, and Using Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Right After Childbirth.

Before, Between & Beyond Pregnancy: Reproductive Life Plan

California and Stanford University, Improving Health Care Response to Cardiovascular Disease in Pregnancy and Postpartum Toolkit. (The toolkit is available free to download after completing a brief survey).

Council on Patient Safety in Women’s Health Care

Postpartum Depression screening and screening tools:

Gestational diabetes educational tool for postpartum women with gestational diabetes to complete; download from Plaid.

Healthy Texas Women program offers women's health and family planning services at no cost to eligible women with low income. Access the provider portal for information about patient eligibility and benefits.

Healthy Texas Women certification form for health-care providers who want to become a Healthy Texas Women provider. 

Healthy Texas Women website: Health topic fact sheets.

LactMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine’s free online resource that provides high-quality guidance on medication safety during lactation.

Postpartum Support International

Power to Decide: The Campaign to Prevent Unplanned Pregnancy

Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers and Babies (TCHMB)

Maternal Early Warning System (MEWS)

Texas Department of State Health Services’ Maternal and Child Health web page

Texas Diabetes Council Toolkit: Free educational materials for patients and professionals

The Texas LARC Toolkit: Texas Medicaid Policy on Providing Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Services

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2016). Tobacco and nicotine cessation toolkit.

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. (2014). FAQ: It’s time to quit smoking. 

Larzelere, M. M., & Williams, D. E. (2012). Promoting smoking cessation. American Academy of Family Physicians. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Quit smoking. 

Maryland Tobacco Resources Center. (n.d.). Brief intervention and 5 A’s.

TexasAIM 

AIM Obstetric Care for Women with Opioid Use Disorder Bundle

AIM Obstetric Hemorrhage Bundle 

AIM Severe Hypertension Bundle

The medical definitions in this module were obtained or adapted from the American Heart Association; Mayo Clinic; National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Texas Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Task Force; The Canadian Journal of Cardiology, Tufts University, and the World Health Organization.