SK MotherFirst Maternal Mental Health Strategy

Mothers, advocates and healthcare providers building maternal mental health capacity in Saskatchewan to improve awareness, assist in developing support services, and recommend policy updates for women who suffer from depression and or anxiety during pregnancy and postpartum.

Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs) are treatable! We are here to connect moms, her supports and healthcare providers, together, to receive appropriate treatment and supports and healing.

The SK MotherFirst Maternal Mental Health Strategy committee meets quarterly via WebEx to discuss issues and provide updates regarding Maternal Mental Health in Saskatchewan. This group will attempt to be regionally, professionally, and culturally representative. Significant professional associations and community organizations will participate, and there is representation from Aboriginal Health Services and women with lived experience. Members include:

Angela Bowen
co-Chair and Maternal Mental Health Project Manager
Associate Professor, College of Nursing
Associate Member, Department of Psychiatry
University of Saskatchewan

Elita Paterson
co-Chair and SK Public Representative for Maternal Mental Health
co-Author of The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood | 306-537-5636

Region/Professional Association/Community Organization: Representative:
Breastfeeding Committee of Saskatchewan Gwen Frank
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Saskatchewan Division Phyllis O’Connor
CNE/CPL (College of Nursing, UofS) Roxanne Laforge
co-Author of “The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood”, speaker & mother with lived experience Carla O’Reilly
Cypress Health Region Kristen Reinhart & Janette Egland
Family First Doula Services & mother with lived experience Sara Beckel
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations vacant
First Nations Inuit Health Sheena Ermel
Five Hills Health Region Rona Hadley Cole
HealthLine 811, Maternal Wellness Program Sangeeta Gupta
Heartland Health Region Dee George
Kelsey Trail Health Region Margaret Rudychuk & Myrna Soonias
KidsFirst – Prairie North Kathy Byl
Midwives Committee of Saskatchewan Debbie Mpofu
Ministry of Health Kathy Willerth & Joe Kluger (ex-officio)
Northern Inter-Tribal Health Authority Glenda Watson
Northern Health Regions Becky Campbell
Population Health Unit for Athabasca Health Authority, Keewatin Yatthe and Mamawetan Churchill River Regional Health Regions Jennifer Johnson
Prairie North Health Region Faith Nash
Prince Albert Parkland Jennifer Suchorab
Public Health Agency of Canada/Canadian Prenatal Nutrition Program (CPNP) Jenelle Sedo
Public Representative, webmaster and co-author of “The Smiling Mask: Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood” & mother with lived experience Elita Paterson
Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Morag Granger
Saskatchewan Health Authority Sherri Julé
Saskatchewan Prevention Institute Megan Clark
Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association vacant
Saskatoon Health Region Cathy McEachern
Sunrise Health Region Lois Okrainec and/or Brent McKee
Sun Country Health Region Judy DeRoose
Saskatchewan Registered Nurses Association vacant
University of Saskatchewan Angela Bowen
Yorkton Tribal Council vacant

Available for communication: Psychiatry (Dr. Natarajan); College of Physicians and Surgeons (Dr. Alanna Danilkewich); Obstetrician (Dr. Malleck); Norther Health Regions (Dr. Britton).

Just as it takes a village to raise a child, it takes that same village to raise a mother.