Understanding Maternal Suicide: Lessons Learned from Inpatient Perinatal Psychiatry

The speakers will discuss the complex presentations of serious mental illness in moms and assessment strategies and interventions tools to mitigate maternal suicide. They will also review missing and inadequate psychological and psychiatric services as important contributing factors as well as identifying critical warning signs. Recommendations for changes in access, evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of perinatal mental health conditions will be discussed. 


At the conclusion of this presentation, the participant will be able to

  • Identify the timing and risk factors for perinatal suicides
  • List the key suicide prevention opportunities identified in the large case review
  • Identify key approaches for the care of women with severe mental illness in the postpartum period


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Date and Time

June 8, 2022 from 11:00am – 12:00pm Pacific


Nirmaljit Dhami, MD

Medical Director Inpatient Perinatal Psychiatry 
El Camino Hospital

Dr. Nirmaljit Dhami is the medical director of Inpatient perinatal psychiatry unit at El Camino Hospital. She has been the program director of the MOMS program since its inception in April 2008. She was instrumental in incorporating a novel, video-based mother baby attachment intervention in the program.  She has created a new and comprehensive MOMS self-assessment tool. She is the past board member of the International Perinatal Marce society and has served as a panel member on the California Perinatal Mortality Task Force (CA- PMR).

She completed her residency in adult psychiatry from UCSD. She has completed a California Health Care Foundation sponsored fellowship in health care leadership from UCSF. Her interests include assessment and treatment of psychotic disorders in pregnancy and postpartum and perinatal suicide. She enjoys spending time with her family and swimming with US masters.

Digant A. Dave, RNC, MS

Clinical Director
Behavioral Health Services

For the last 19 years, Digant has dedicated his nursing career to the field of mental health. As the director of mental health and addiction services, Digant champions inpatient and outpatient specialty programs for all age groups starting from kids to older adults. Digant believes that through education and advocacy, one can stomp the mental health stigma such that individuals and families can seek appropriate mental health help and live life fully and powerfully and the life they love.

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