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Our Impact: Perinatal

The Regional Perinatal Advisory Committee received new funding this year to achieve improvements in care for mothers who experience mental illness during pregnancy or post-partum.

Three key goals are:

1. Work with key “entry points” to service to: develop standardized approach to screening and supporting new moms at risk of or with mental health challenges; improve attachment between moms and babes; reduce stigma about mental illness:

2. Revise mental health service intake process to recognize perinatal mental health referrals as a co-morbid condition and increase priority of patients for support

3. Develop skills of multi-disciplinary professionals for better screening, diagnosis, and awareness of treatment options for new mothers while building collaborative local service networks


Key accomplishments in 2016:

  • Patient needs assessment about perinatal mental health supports in the KB;
  • MHSU revision of intake processes to improve response times for new moms:
  • Development of a referral pathway tool for perinatal mental health;
  • Series of workshops hosted by BC Reproductive Mental Health available for community organization groups facilitators, clinicians, and physicians;
  • Familiar faces program initiated in the Boundary region - cross professional interactions with new and expecting moms to normalize services and increase accessibility;
  • Familiar Faces program to expand into all four communities in coming months;
  • Pilot program initiated as a collaboration between MHSU and community organizations to provide group support sessions in four communities;
  • Interprofessional learning sessions to be provided in spring 2017.


Perinatal Mental Health Resources

Regional Maternity Child Care Steering Committee

Jennifer Arnosti
Dr. Jeanette Boyd
Jane Cusden
Dr. Carrie Fitzsimmons
Dr. Kathryn Hale
Bev Harmston
Kim Irving
Dr. Corinne Knox
Kristi Kuromi
Dr. Cindy Loukras
Dr. David Merry
Tanya Momtazian
Dr. Shiraz Moola
Catherine Ruskin
Dr. Lisa Sawyer
Dr. Miles Smith
Trish Thomson
Dr. Trudi Toews
Dawn Tomlin

Contact Us

Maternity Child Care Project Manager
Mona Mattei
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