Vitamin D Deficiency and Disparities in Adverse Perinatal Outcomes including Depression


Eynav E. Accortt, Ph.D.,

Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Cedars-Sinai, Los Angeles, CA

Summary of Session Goals:

African American women have the highest rates of prenatal and postpartum depression as well as adverse perinatal outcomes (e.g. preterm delivery & low birth weight babies) compared to other racial groups in the U.S. They are at increased risk for vitamin D deficiency because darker skin limits synthesis of vitamin D and due to lower intake of supplemental vitamin D. An exciting and novel area of research focuses on vitamin D’s anti-inflammatory properties and possible anti-depressant effects.

Learning Objectives:

1. Identify symptoms, prevalence and consequences of depression and anxiety in pregnancy and postpartum, with a focus on racial disparities
2. Learn about the links between perinatal depression and vitamin D and inflammation
3. Become familiar with research on adverse perinatal outcomes, including depression, and postpartum multi-systemic dysregulation, as measured by high allostatic load

A live webcast sponsored by:

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science a program of The New York Academy of Sciences, and The Rockefeller University Hospital Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS), and Clinical Directors Network, Inc. (CDN)


Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM EST

Slideset – 

Vitamin D Deficiency and Disparities in Adverse Perinatal Outcomes including Depression (PDF)

Publications –

Accortt EE, Mirocha J, Schetter CD, Hobel CJ. Adverse perinatal outcomes and postpartum multi-systemic dysregulation: adding vitamin D deficiency to the allostatic load index. Maternal and child health journal. 2017 Mar 1;21(3):398-406. PMID: 28120286

Accortt EE, Schetter CD, Peters RM, Cassidy-Bushrow AE. Lower prenatal vitamin D status and postpartum depressive symptomatology in African American women: Preliminary evidence for moderation by inflammatory cytokines. Archives of women’s mental health. 2016 Apr 1;19(2):373-83. PMID: 26407996

Accortt EE, Cheadle AC, Schetter CD. Prenatal depression and adverse birth outcomes: an updated systematic review. Maternal and child health journal. 2015 Jun 1;19(6):1306-37. PMID: 25452215

Evaluations –

This webcast has been approved for up to 1.0 Prescribed CME/CNE credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).Credits valid until  February 1, 2019.

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