Mom And Baby Units For Postpartum Depression Exist, But Not In Canada

HuffPost Canada By: Patricia Tomasi   10/23/2018 Dina Rae Reiber of Luseland, Sask. suffered from severe postpartum depression following the birth of her third child. "I was spiralling out of control," Rae Reiber told HuffPost Canada. "I would cry uncontrollably, have panic attacks and dark thoughts daily." When those dark thoughts worsened to include thoughts of self-harm, … Continue reading Mom And Baby Units For Postpartum Depression Exist, But Not In Canada

Indigenous Moms Are More Likely To Have Postpartum Depression: Canadian Study

HuffPost Canada By: Patricia Tomasi    09/26/2018 Maya Houle believes intergenerational trauma is the reason she's currently suffering from postpartum depression. "My mother is a '60s Scoop survivor," the Edmonton mother of two told HuffPost Canada. Her youngest child is just seven weeks old. Houle also suffered from postpartum depression (PPD) following the birth of her first child, … Continue reading Indigenous Moms Are More Likely To Have Postpartum Depression: Canadian Study

Canadian Moms Need A Political Champion To Fight For Their Mental Health

HuffPost Canada By: Patricia Tomasi 2018-09-19 Kismet. In the end, that's what advocates say was the key to getting a political champion and national strategy for maternal mental health in the United States. "It was like Drake's song, 'God's Plan'," said Jamie Zahlaway Belsito, former advocacy chair of the U.S. National Coalition for Maternal Mental … Continue reading Canadian Moms Need A Political Champion To Fight For Their Mental Health

Canada Funds Postpartum Depression Screening Abroad, But Lags At Home

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi  06/15/2018 Maternal mental health advocate Claire Kerr-Zlobin was surprised to learn Canada is funding postpartum depression screening projects abroad while, at the same time, not recommending the practice here at home. "I've been trying for years to get traction on universal perinatal depression screening for mothers in Canada," Kerr-Zlobin, founder of Life … Continue reading Canada Funds Postpartum Depression Screening Abroad, But Lags At Home

6 Ways Canada Is Failing Moms With Maternal Mental Illnesses

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi   05/02/2018 While countries such as Australia, the U.K., and the United States all have lots to build on going into this year's World Maternal Mental Health Day on May 2nd, Canada is still playing catch-up. "In Canada, we are not yet doing anything," Dr. Ariel K. Dalfen, head of … Continue reading 6 Ways Canada Is Failing Moms With Maternal Mental Illnesses

5 Countries That Are Way Better To Give Birth In Than Canada

Where are our pregnancy badges, massages, and limo rides?! The Huffington Post     03/08/2018 By: Patricia Tomasi Think women have it pretty good in Canada when it comes to giving birth? Think again. Though Canada is definitely a great place to have a baby what with our universal healthcare system, 18-month maternity leave, and our new "use-it-or-lose-it" five … Continue reading 5 Countries That Are Way Better To Give Birth In Than Canada

Canada Is Lagging On Perinatal Depression Screening, Advocates Say

"Women in Canada are getting the short straw, time and time again." The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/22/2018 When Tara Mandarano of Richmond Hill, Ont., was five months pregnant, she gathered up the courage to tell her ob-gyn that she was feeling "incredibly anxious" all the time. She was embarrassed to mention it, she said, … Continue reading Canada Is Lagging On Perinatal Depression Screening, Advocates Say

Ontario’s New Psychotherapy Funding Still Doesn’t Address Some Big Issues

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/07/2017 People who need help already languish on wait lists, and that may not change. We've come to the end of another Mental Illness Awareness Week, the time of year when government suddenly finds the money and resources for programs and initiatives long overdue which they announce with great fanfare and … Continue reading Ontario’s New Psychotherapy Funding Still Doesn’t Address Some Big Issues