January 8, 2024 | Treatment Considerations in Patients who have Bipolar Disorder and are Pregnant or Postpartum | ME SUD Learning Community



January 8, 2024 | 12:00-1:00pm


This session will review bipolar disorder in patients who are pregnant and postpartum. We will review benefits and risks of using specific mood stabilizers as well as risks of withholding therapy on the dyad. We will then review the CANMAT bipolar disorder guidelines and the ACOG guidelines of psychiatric care in people who are pregnant and postpartum.


  • Analyze the efficacy, risks and benefits of withholding or utilizing psychiatric medications for bipolar disorder during the prenatal and peripartum periods.
  • Evaluate current guideline recommendations and recent literature describing the use of psychiatric medications in pregnant patients living with a bipolar disorder.

Presenter: Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPP, BCPS, MPH

Stephanie Nichols, PharmD, BCPS, BCPP is an Associate Professor in the University of New England College of Pharmacy, Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the Tufts University School of Medicine, and a Psychiatric and Substance Use Disorder (SUD) Pharmacist at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed an Inpatient Pharmacy Practice Residency at Maine Medical Center. Dr. Nichols is dual board certified as a Pharmacotherapy Specialist (BCPS) and a Psychiatric Pharmacist (BCPP) and is a fellow of the American College of Clinical Pharmacy (FCCP).

Prescribing clinicians and their teams

Continuing Medical Education
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and CCSME. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this regularly scheduled series for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

*Nurses and Nurse Practitioners will be awarded a certificate of participation with a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Creditâ„¢.

Contact Hours
1 contact hour for social workers, licensed clinical professional counselors, and behavioral health professionals.
1 Category I contact hour for psychologists. CCSME is a pre-approved sponsor and provider of Professional Education Activities for Psychologists.
1 contact hour for Alcohol and Drug Counselors pending approval by the Maine Board of Alcohol and Drug Counselors
1 contact hour CHES. CCSME is a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.