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Cannabis Use in the Perinatal Period – Webinar

March 5 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


This webinar will discuss effects of cannabis on mood, anxiety, sleep, and trauma-related symptoms and summarize available studies that have investigated cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Risks associated with long term and heavy cannabis use and what defines Cannabis Use Disorder will be reviewed. We will then discuss considerations specific to cannabis use in pregnant and breastfeeding people and how to talk to patients about their cannabis use, including some foundations of motivational interviewing. We hope to make this webinar interactive so, cases and questions are welcome.


Presenter: Nadejda Bespalova, MD

Questions regarding the training, please email: info@perinatalsupport.org

Nadejda Bespalova is a board-certified psychiatrist. She obtained her medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She then completed general psychiatry training at NYU Langone Medical Center in New York. She became interested in women’s and perinatal mental health and completed additional training in this field as a resident. She went on to complete a fellowship in addiction psychiatry at UW and stayed on as faculty. She currently works as a perinatal and addiction psychiatrist at UW, including at the Maternal Infant Care Clinic, where she provides mental health services to patients with high-risk pregnancies.
This training will be recorded and available on the Perinatal Support WA webinar page.  If you cannot attend in person, you do not need to register.  Recording will be uploaded approx 1 week after the training.
This free training is part of the Perinatal Mental Health Initiative Webinar Series provided by Perinatal Support Washington through a grant from Strengthening Families Washington at the Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF).


March 5
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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