Co-Occurring Healthcare Concerns for Individuals Affected by Eating Disorders: Perinatal Healthcare for Individuals with Eating Disorders: An Interdisciplinary Approach

The perinatal period provides a unique opportunity for healing and change.  The eating disordered mother-to-be, whether actively ill or in recovery, is at risk for psychological complications that may deeply affect her transition into motherhood.  Providers not only have the opportunity to screen for and intervene in potential medical, psychiatric and social complications, but the chance to aid in the prevention of intergenerational wounds and patterns of disordered eating.  Currently, there is no standardized protocol for providing healthcare to this population, resulting in a lack of essential facets of care or an ad hoc multifaceted care network lacking essential communication and teamwork. This workshop will examine the benefits of applying an interdisciplinary care model to this population.