Feature: CE ConnectionPerinatal Anxiety and Depression in Minority WomenGennaro, Susan PhD, RN, FAAN; O'Connor, Caitlin MSN, RN, CPNP; McKay, Elizabeth Anne MEd, BSN, RN; Gibeau, Anne PhD, CNM; Aviles, Melanie BS; Hoying, Jacqueline PhD, RN; Melnyk, Bernadette Mazurek PhD, RN, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAANAuthor Information Dr. Susan Gennaro is Dean and Professor, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Dr. Gennaro can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] Caitlin O'Connor is a Research Associate, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Anne McKay is a PhD Student, William F. Connell School of Nursing, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. Dr. Anne Gibeau is Director of Midwifery, Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Melanie Aviles is a Research Coordinator, Jacobi Medical Center, Bronx, NY. Dr. Jacqueline Hoying is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice; Director, MINDSTRONG Program; and Director, Consumer Core at Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing & Healthcare, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Dr. Bernadette Mazurek Melnyk is Vice President for Health Promotion; University Chief Wellness Officer; Dean and Professor, College of Nursing; Professor of Pediatrics & Psychiatry, College of Medicine; and Executive Director, the Helene Fuld Health Trust National Institute for Evidence-Based Practice, College of Nursing, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH. Dr. Bernadette Melnyk has a company, COPE2 Thrive, that disseminates the COPE program. For the remaining authors, there are no disclosures to declare. For additional continuing nursing education activities related to maternal child nursing, go to nursingcenter.com. MCN, The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: May/June 2020 - Volume 45 - Issue 3 - p 138-144 doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000611 Buy Take the CE Test Metrics AbstractIn Brief Depression and anxiety are common during pregnancy and are experienced at higher rates among women who are racial and ethnic minorities. Because depression and anxiety influence maternal and infant outcomes, intervening to improve perinatal mental health should be a priority for all healthcare providers. However, in the United States, a number of barriers including lack of mental health providers, lack of perinatal behavioral health systems, and stigma, limit access to care. Universal screening has been recommended and here we examine how universal screening can help nurses improve the mental health of childbearing women. Interventions that are currently in use to improve perinatal anxiety and depression are reviewed and include: psychopharmacology, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and mindfulness. Recommendations for future research and healthcare system changes are made. Approximately 20% of women of racial and ethnic minorities, experience anxiety or depression during pregnancy, potentially leading to negative consequences for mother and child. Barriers to seeking treatment include uncertainty about what is normal, lack of time, difficulty accessing treatment, and stigma. All pregnant women should be screened for depression and referred for treatment. A review of perinatal anxiety and depression, including current treatment options and promising areas of research are presented. Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.