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Don’t miss out on this inaugural Waterloo Region Conference! Mark your calendar and join us on May 01, 2024, to be part of the conversation surrounding intersections of perinatal mental health within marginalized communities.

We are excited to invite discussions around:

  • Queer reproductive trauma,
  • Precariously housed parents,
  • Importance of peer support, and
  • Indigenous culturally appropriate care.

This conference offers a platform for learning, networking, and collaboration. Topics will include those living at the intersection of perinatal mental health and precarious housing, BIPGM identity, newcomer communities, and 2SLGBTQIA+ community. Together, we can work towards creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for all.

Conference COVID-19 Policy

Flora’s Walk

Together Waterloo is participating in Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative’s Flora’s Walk. CPMHC is working hard to ensure that a perinatal mental health policy is created in Canada so that no parent is left behind or a diagnosis missed. Help us honour the memory of Flora, a parent who died by suicide from undiagnosed postpartum psychosis, and ensure all that need it have timely access to perinatal mental health services. While we may not be “walking”, by attending the conference, you are participating in our Flora’s Walk.

Support Flora’s Walk Together Waterloo.

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Text Conference Schedule (for screen reader apps):

9:30 am – Registration

10am – Welcome

10:15am – Keynote: Breaking Birthing Barriers – Cheyenne Scarlett and Kamika Sylvester from The Black Birth Project.

11:00am – Queering Reproductive Trauma – Olivia Scobie, co-founder of Canadian Perinatal Mental Health Trainings.

11:30am – Panel Discussion: Reproductive Justice & Parenting While Facing Precarious Housing – Meagan Snyder, Heather Majaury, Michelle Knight, Char Lee, Nicole McQuiggan

12:30pm – Lunch

1:00pm – CAMP: Building Community Based Programs – Isomi Henry, RM of Community Access Midwifery Program

1:45pm – Importance of Indigenous Centred Perinatal Care – Trista Hill, RM & Christina Regli-Shawongonabe, RM, Southwestern Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre Waterloo Wellington

2:45pm – Panel Discussion: Peer Support: Essential to Community Perinatal Care – Fadhilah Balgoun, Suzan Koujan, Leanne Charette, Anna Wall, Annette Martin

3:45pm – Closing

The conference will be followed by a one hour social opportunity to discuss further in community.

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