PPMD Panel - Are We Doing Enough?

  • 08 May 2013
  • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • University of Toronto - Chestnut Residence and Conference Centre


  • Must be registered to attend

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Life With A Baby is hosting a panel on Post Partum Mood Disorders - Are We Doing Enough?

Our leading panel of experts includes: Amy Sky, Cindy-Lee Dennis, Hiltrud Dawson, Patricia Tomasi and Claire Kerr-Zlobin

Join us as we explore whether enough is being done in the Canadian medical system to treat and prevent postpartum depression, anxiety and mood disorders among women (PPMD). According to the Canadian Association for Mental Health (CAMH), one in five women experience postpartum depression after the birth of their child.

The panel discussion titled, “PostPartum Depression: Are We Doing Enough?” will be taking place on May 8th at downtown Toronto from 7-8:30pm p.m. and will feature Sky, a former PPMD sufferer and recipient of the CAMH Courage to Come Back Award and the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario Hero Inspiration Award.

Address: 89 Chestnut Street Toronto, ON  M5G 1R
Giovanni Room
2nd Floor
416-833-3860 (Claire, host)

Panelist Bios

Amy Sky:

Amy Sky is a Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, theatre actress, and television host. Amy speaks about and advocates for mental health issues. In 2006, Sky was honoured for her work as a spokesperson in this area, with the CAMH Courage to Come Back award, and the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario Hero Inspiration Award. She continues to advocate for "mental hygiene", and in 2008 has been featured on the covers of two magazines "Canadian Health and Lifestyle" and the debut issue of "Anchor", speaking about this topic.


Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis:

Dr. Cindy-Lee Dennis is a Professor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Community Health. Prior to this chair award, Dr. Dennis held a New Investigator Award from the national peer-reviewed funding council, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and a provincial Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care Career Scientist Award.



Claire Zlobin:

Claire is the Executive Director of Healthy Start, Healthy Future and Founder of the Life With A Baby program. Life With A Baby is a three-tiered peer support system for parents. It offers local, community-based social events to build relationships, online support, and multi-lingual parenting programs. Claire founded Life With A Baby after her own struggles with social isolation and depression. Life With A Baby serves over 4500 members across the province of Ontario. Claire is involved in innovative initiatives and partnerships focused on peer support, parenting, newcomer supports, parent engagement, and financial literacy. She passionate about supporting parents, developing collaborations, reducing social isolation, and building healthy and strong parent-child relationships.


Hiltrud Dawson:

Hiltrud has extensive experience in the maternal newborn field as a nurse, midwife, and lactation consultant. She had been a health promotion consultant with the Best Start Resource Centre/Health Nexus for over seven years. Hiltrud provides training and consultations to health and social service providers on perinatal mood disorders and has been the project lead in the development of a number of resources for both parents and service providers such as the “Life with a New Baby” video, brochure and website. Hiltrud is also an active member of several associations and networks.

Patricia Tomasi:

Patricia Tomasi is a weekly columnist @thecanadacom, theauthor of Kick Ass Dreams: Live a Passionate Life, and a certified Life Coach, Chakra Healer, Reiki Practitioner, and Yoga Instructor. She is a mental health advocate and motivational speaker garnering national attention for the way she overcame post partum depression, anxiety, and panic and manifested her kick ass dreams – through meditation and chakra balancing. Patricia is a former broadcast journalist and television news anchor for CBC, CTV, and Global News. She also spent ten years as a spokesperson, writer, and media relations specialist for the Ontario Ombudsman and the Minister of Transportation.



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