Mental Illness After Miscarriage Is Common, But Women Aren’t Getting Support

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi  06/08/2018 Janice Lamont* was recently diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) following two miscarriages in the past year. "It was two pregnancies," said Lamont, who lives in London, Ont. and asked for her real name not to be used. "The first was twins. I saw their heartbeats at the six-week ultrasound. Then … Continue reading Mental Illness After Miscarriage Is Common, But Women Aren’t Getting Support

First-Ever Postpartum Depression Drug Brexanolone Could Be ‘Life Changing’ For New Moms

The Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi  05/30/2018 It took Sara Beckel a year to recover from postpartum depression. "It was debilitating on all fronts," Beckel told HuffPost Canada. "If brexanolone had been around, I would have said 'sign me up!'" As a certified labour doula and founder of Family First Doula Service & Maternal Wellness in Regina, … Continue reading First-Ever Postpartum Depression Drug Brexanolone Could Be ‘Life Changing’ For New Moms

Charlize Theron’s Movie ‘Tully’ Angers Maternal Mental Health Advocates

Huffington Post By Patricia Tomasi 04/25/2018 Warning: this post contains plot spoilers about the movie "Tully." Maternal mental health advocates are fuming over Hollywood's latest depiction of postpartum depression in the movie "Tully," starring Charlize Theron, set to hit theatres May 4th. "It makes my blood boil," Lisa Tremayne, co-founder of the Bloom Foundationand director … Continue reading Charlize Theron’s Movie ‘Tully’ Angers Maternal Mental Health Advocates

Giving Birth Can Be ‘Terrifying.’ A British Columbia Study Could Finally Help

Huffington Post By: Patricia Tomasi   04/20/2018 Adriana Maiato feared childbirth throughout her entire pregnancy. "I was always in fear of the big day," Maiato, of Tottenham, Ont. told HuffPost Canada. "I even secretly thought of planning a C-section because the thought of having a baby come out of my vagina was terrifying." Maiato was … Continue reading Giving Birth Can Be ‘Terrifying.’ A British Columbia Study Could Finally Help

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

Moms With Postpartum Depression Keep Getting Reported To Child Services

Advocates say healthcare workers need better training. Huff Post Canada By: Patricia Tomasi      02/13/2018 Note: At their request, HuffPost Canada changed the names of the three Canadian mothers who came forward with their stories. No other names have been changed. When U.S. mom Jessica Porten made international headlines last month after she shared a shocking story … Continue reading Moms With Postpartum Depression Keep Getting Reported To Child Services