Program Description: 

The Periscope Project was created in 2017 to fill the critical gap between statewide depression screenings initiatives and the lack of perinatal psychiatric treatment services in Wisconsin. Designed for health care professionals, The Periscope Project provides:

  1. Provider to provider teleconsultation with a perinatal psychiatrist specializing in mental health conditions and substance use disorders during the perinatal period. Consultation services are available to eligible health care providers weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm CST.
  2. Community resource information on appropriate services for additional treatment and support.
  3. Free online provider education including downloadable toolkits and presentations.

The program is available to Wisconsin based health care providers treating pregnant and postpartum women. Providers are encouraged to enroll in the program for easy access to specialty consultations at no added cost.

Target audience: 
  • Physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurse Practitioners
Learning objectives: 

Participants who engage in this educational activity will be able to:

  • Attendees will be able to define the prevalence of psychiatric disorders during the perinatal period, through interactive case-based scenarios.
  • Describe first-line pharmacological treatment regimens for perinatal patients suffering depression and anxiety spectrum disorder through interactive case-based scenarios and review questions via polling software.
  • List non-pharmacologic approaches to management of patients with a perinatal psychiatric condition through interactive case-based discussion.


Faculty & credentials: 

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support Six, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. The following in control of content had no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Christina L. Wichman, DO
Professor of Psychiatry and Obstetrics and Gynecology
Vice Chair of Education, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine
Medical Director, The Periscope Project
Director, Women's Mental Health
Program Director, Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry Fellowship
Medical College of Wisconsin
Gretchen McCool, MSN, CNM, APNP, IBCLC
Ascension Medical Group Midwifery
St. Joseph Hospital

In accordance with the ACCME® Standards for Commercial Support Six, all in control of content must disclose any relevant financial relationships. These relationships were reviewed via the MCW conflict of interest resolution process and resolved.




Kiara Bond
Phone number: 
+1 (414) 955-7250
Series date: 
05/01/2021 - 12:00am CDT to 06/30/2022 - 11:59pm CDT
One out of five women will experience maternal mental health condition yet 75% of women will not receive treatment. Perinatal mental health conditions are a leading a preventable cause of maternal mortality. Those with a history of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and exposure to chronic stressors such a poverty, racism, or discrimination are more likely to develop a mental health condition yet are less likely to be screened or adequately treated, exacerbating health inequities.
Keywords: Behavior and Behavior Mechanisms, Psychological Phenomena, Mental Disorders, Behavioral Disciplines and Activities, Peripartum Period, Postpartum Period, Maternal Behavior
Accreditation Statements:
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners as an approved provider of nurse practitioner continuing education.  Provider Number: 150930.
Series location: 
Virtual Meeting
United States


Session Date
Maternal Mental Health Inequities 05/21/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
Novel Treatments 06/18/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
First Line Management of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders 07/30/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
Pre and Inter-conception Planning 08/27/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
Perinatal Anxiety Diagnosis and Treatment 09/17/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT
Case Review with Patient Point of View 11/02/2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm CDT