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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Though we’ve started the conversation around mental health in Canada, it’s not enough. It’s time for action and it’s why I applaud the efforts of advocates like Frank Van Nie, Courtney Taylor, Dejan Bozin, Judy Wisdom, Shivani Sharma, Mark Farrant and Jeanette Schepp, the organizers behind the March For Mental Health Toronto (MFMHTO) on May 12th, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Lisa Tremayne is one incredible maternal mental health advocate. After going through fertility issues and delivering triplets that had to be treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Lisa suffered from postpartum depression and struggled herself to get help. “Within 72 hours of all my babies being home with each on a three hour feeding […]

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 […]

Here is an article by Today’s Parent about our attempt to make maternal mental health part of the national conversation using the hashtag #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth during the annual #BellLetsTalk Canadian mental health campaign. Looks like we garnered some attention! In the end, we ended up with over 13 million Twitter impressions and the Chair of Bell […]

Update: Using #BellLetsTalkMaternalMentalHealth, advocates were able to obtain 13 million impressions on Twitter during the Bell Let’s Talk campaign Jan. 31, 2018. The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/30/2018 While I love Bell Let’s Talk‘s decision to focus on everyday Canadians this year instead of the celebrities we’re used to hearing from, I wish just one of the […]

“Women in Canada are getting the short straw, time and time again.” The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/22/2018 SHIRONOSOV VIA GETTY IMAGES   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 […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 01/22/2018   It’s every mom with postpartum depression’s worst nightmare: seeking help only to have children’s aid called, or worse, the cops. And that’s what happened to Jessica Porten of Sacramento, California this past weekend. “I thought it was very excessive, but I was told that the ER was where […]

The Huffington Post Canada By Patricia Tomasi 10/07/2017 When Connie Chow of Edmonton, Alta., couldn’t access a therapist to help her through postpartum depression, her husband suggested she try online therapy. “I was isolating myself,” recalls Chow. “He noticed that I didn’t want to leave the house with the baby and that I would worry or fixate […]

I was interviewed about my postpartum anxiety experience by Cynthia McKelvey for Romper and the article was published today. I’m glad to see more articles about postpartum anxiety. Though I say I suffered from postpartum depression, it’s really an umbrella term I use and many use to cover all maternal mental health disorders, when in fact, […]

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 […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/17/2017 It’s crazy to expect a new mother with postpartum depression (PPD) to attend regular therapy sessions. That’s if she can get access to therapy at all what with the ongoing shortage of psychiatrists and psychotherapists across Canada and the U.S. That’s why I think online therapy for […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 04/27/2017 Postpartum depression is a global problem, and that’s never been more apparent. Today, Canada joins the U.S. and Australia in the largest international postpartum depression (PPD) study to date that’s using smartphones and ‘spit kits’ to collect data and DNA samples from women who have suffered from […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 03/23/2016 We’re not part of the largest and coolest postpartum depression (PPD) study ever announced yesterday, but we will be soon, says the study’s lead researcher. Maybe. “Canada is hopefully coming soon,” says Dr. Samantha Meltzer-Brody, director of the perinatal psychiatry program at the University of North Carolina […]

CBC News | By Patricia Tomasi 11/22/2016 An unpublished study suggests that epidurals “may” help reduce PPD in “some” women It’s time to set the record straight: labour pain and epidurals do not cause or prevent postpartum depression (PPD). No one knows what causes postpartum depression. And no one knows what can prevent it. So please, stop […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/18/2016 I remember making the decision to wean off antidepressants before trying to get pregnant. No one helped me make that decision. It was something I did myself because I was scared that antidepressants might harm my baby. I had been on medication for a year for panic […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 06/21/2016 I’ve often wondered if I had something more than postpartum depression and anxiety. I had extreme mood disturbances following the birth of my first daughter. First, I was severely depressed. I was crying all the time and I thought life was over. I’d pick fights with my […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/20/2016 Sometimes I wonder how I ever got through postpartum depression (PPD) the first time around without Facebook, Google, mommy blogs and my smartphone. That was seven years ago, i.e. the olden days, when everyone didn’t own a smart phone and there weren’t any live online PPD support […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/17/2016 Want to know what kind of treatment Hollywood actress Hayden Panettiere is getting in postpartum depression (PPD) rehab? I imagine it’s not a vacation but a pretty swank treatment centre where Hayden entered for a second time to deal with PPD late last week. Last Friday, I […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 05/13/2016 Rehab for postpartum depression. Wouldn’t that be nice? I don’t remember being given the option. I do remember getting a weird look, being brushed off, handed a script and sent home. I can only imagine (fantasize) what rehab for postpartum depression looks like. A limo arrives at […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 04/04/2016 When I speak to mothers with postpartum depression (PPD) across Canada about their experience navigating the medical system for help, one overwhelming theme is common amid all the stories I hear which can be summed up in one word: Hopelessness. That’s because when they turn to the […]

The Huffington Post Canada  | By Patricia Tomasi 11/03/2016 First time mom Jane Walker took proactive steps while pregnant to ensure she wouldn’t be isolated once her baby was born. “When I started maternity leave, I knew that I needed to get myself out of the house and be social or I risked postpartum depression,” says Jane. […]

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 02/11/2017 When a friend says postpartum depression is normal, I get disappointed. When a psychologist says postpartum depression is normal, I get worried. When a New York Times best selling author and former U.S. congressional candidate with hundreds of thousands of followers says that postpartum depression is normal, […]

The Huffington Post Canada  |  By Patricia Tomasi 05/10/2015 I’m not having any more kids, so I’ll never know. But still. I have to know. Would eating my placenta have stopped my postpartum depression? Kim Kardashian seems to think so. So last night I took to Facebook and randomly surveyed women on their experiences. I got […]