UAMS to Offer Educational Seminar on Pregnancy and Depression

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LITTLE ROCK — The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) will present a free public educational seminar on pregnancy-related depression at 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Thompson Library, 38 Rahling Road.


Seating for the seminar, titled Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression: When is it Time to Get Help, is limited. Call (501) 821-3060 to reserve a seat or to obtain additional information or directions.


The event is being held in conjunction with UAMS’ antenatal depression awareness program, ANGELS DREAM. Antenatal depression is defined as depression that occurs either during or after pregnancy.


The seminar will be led by Linda Worley, M.D., associate professor in the UAMS Departments of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology and co-director of ANGELS DREAM. Barbara Baldwin, a licensed clinical social worker, ANGELS DREAM depression care manager and a clinical therapist, will assist in the presentation.


The ANGELS (Antenatal and Neonatal Guidelines, Education and Learning System) program at UAMS received a $250,000 federal grant to create a bi-lingual, statewide public awareness campaign designed to reduce the stigma associated with depression during and after pregnancy. The project, called DREAM (Depression Relief Education in Antenatal Medicine) works to increase the awareness, screening and resources available for treatment of this illness.


UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a medical center, five centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has about 2,320 students and 690 residents and is the state’s largest public employer with almost 9,000 employees. UAMS and its affiliates have an economic impact in Arkansas of $4.3 billion a year.


UAMS centers of excellence are the Arkansas Cancer Research Center, Harvey and Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy and Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute.