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 et al_MACI_2017
Accortt et al_VitD & PPD_AWMH_2015

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

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