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Navigating New Motherhood: Improving Postpartum Health and Wellness

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Dr. Sarah Verbiest explains the importance of the Fourth Trimester and the overlooked opportunities during this period for health promotion and disease prevention.


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This presentation describes the importance of the Fourth Trimester (the 3 months following a birth) and the overlooked opportunities for health promotion and disease prevention. Dr. Sarah Verbiest highlights links between maternal health and wellbeing and infant development/family function.

Dr. Verbiest will share emerging issues and strategies for improving postpartum care and will discuss how service providers who traditionally only focus on young children can better support their mothers as well.

About Dr. Sarah Verbiest

Sarah Verbiest, Ph.D., is Clinical Associate Professor at the UNC School of Social Work, Executive Director of the Center for Maternal & Infant Health in the UNC School of Medicine, and CDC Senior Consultant for the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative.

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