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Navigating New Motherhood: Improving Postpartum Health and Wellness presented by Sarah Verbiest, MSW, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor, UNC SSW and Executive Director , Center for Maternal & Infant Health, UNC School of Medicine

When: Tuesday March 21,2017, 12pm-2:00pm, Lunch provided (11:15am –12:00pm)

WhereUNC School of Social Work Auditorium, 325 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC   Directions and parking

Continuing Education2 hours

Fees: Workshop fee is $35

Workshop is offered free of charge to current UNC SSW students, staff, faculty, and to current UNC SSW Field Instructors and Task Supervisors (obtain coupon code from Field Office)

$15.00 for Family and Community Members, $5.00 for UNC Students

Additional $6 charge for psychologists who would like to receive Category A credit (please bring $6 day of event)

Registration: online pre-registration  (You may pre-register up until the day before the program)


This presentation will describe the importance of the Fourth Trimester (the 3 months following a birth) and the overlooked opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention. The speaker will highlight links between maternal health and wellbeing and infant development / family function.  She will share emerging issues and strategies for improving postpartum care and lead the group in some discussion about how service providers who traditionally only focus on young children can better support their mothers as well. The speaker will share specific information about mothers of medically fragile infants.



 MIWDr. Sarah Verbiest is a Clinical Associate Professor at the UNC School of Social Work and the Executive Director of the Center for Maternal & Infant Health in the UNC School of Medicine. She is the CDC Senior Consultant for the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative and the director of the Every Woman Southeast Coalition, a regional preconception health initiative. Dr. Verbiest leads several programs addressing the needs of women, pregnant women, new mothers and their infants – including tobacco cessation, recurring preterm birth prevention with 17P and postpartum health and wellness. She earned her graduate degrees at UNC-CH including a Master’s in Social Work, Master’s in Public Health in Maternal and Child Health, and a Doctorate in Public Health Leadership from the Department of Health Policy and Management.




Handouts: All handouts for the event will be posted on this event’s page. Click link for HANDOUTS

Learning Objectives: 

At the completion of this program, participants will be able to

  • Participants will be able to describe the importance of increased attention to postpartum wellness and its impact on maternal and infant health
  • They will be able to discuss current challenges in providing comprehensive care
  • Participants will learn actionable strategies to improve postpartum support for mothers and their children


  • Fahey J, Shenassa E, Understanding and Meeting the Needs of Women in the Postpartum Period: The Perinatal Maternal Health Promotion Model, J Midwifery Women’s Health 2013;58:613-621.
  • Verbiest S, McClain M, Stuebe A, Menard K, Postpartum Health Services Requested by Mothers with Newborns Receiving Intensive Care, MCH J, 2016 (just accepted for publication)
  • Raju, T. N., Mercer, B. M., Burchfield, D. J., & Joseph, G. F. (2014). Periviable birth: executive summary of a joint workshop by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. American journal of obstetrics and gynecology, 210(5), 406-417.

Transportation/ DirectionsThe most reliable place to park is in the UNC Hospital lot on Manning Drive. Parking fee is $1.50/ hour. The Carolina Inn next door on Pittsboro has space-available pay parking for a flat fee of $20/day. There are also numerous “park & ride” locations in Chapel Hill, with bus service to (or near) the School of Social Work. Directions.

Payment and Refund Policies:  There will be no refunds issued, however you may transfer your place to a colleague or receive credit for future lecture. Please contact Barbara Leach at 919-966-0396 to make arrangements, or if you have any other questions.

Information on Continuing Educational Credit:

Contact hours provided for LCSWs and LMFTs hours

CEU: Two Contact Hours per event

2 Contact Hours from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work.

2 Contact Hours NBCC (provider #6642) The UNC School of Social Work is an NBCC-Approved Continuing Education Provider (ACEPTM) and may offer NBCC-approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.  

Each lecture is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Psychological Association and the UNC School of Social Work. The North Carolina Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The North Carolina Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Each workshop is offered for 2 Hours of continuing education credit.

No partial credit will be given. Participants must attend the entire program in order to receive credit.

Attendance Policy:  To receive credit, you must be present for the entire session, and you must sign the sign-in and sign-out sheets (for psychologists )

ADA Statement: If you require any of the auxiliary aids or services identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in this program, please call us at 919-966-0396 no later than ten business days before the program.

Additional questions? Contact Barbara Leach at or 919-966-0396


Register Here



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CAROL ANN HINCY 919-962-6540 or