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Women's Health Interrupted

In this episode, Rebecca chats with Dr. Paula Gordon and Jennie Dale about breasts. Dense breasts to be exact. We discuss why women should know whether they have dense breasts or not, and what to do with that information. Listeners might be surprised to learn how breast cancer screening differs across Canada, and be delighted to learn what research says they should do if they have dense breasts. Read more and listen wherever you get podcasts.

Women's Health Blog
Behind the Science: Studying the Impact of COVID-19 on Youth

“ matter how much we understand about the virus, the way people feel about the pandemic and pandemic-related policies will have a significant impact on everyone’s health and wellbeing." Read more.

How to Set Yourself and Baby up for Breastfeeding Success During COVID-19

“The current recommendations recognize the importance of providing human milk to infants during COVID-19. The World Health Organization's current recommendation is to initiate breastfeeding no matter what the COVID-19 status is." Read more. 


May 30-Jun 3 Canadian National Perinatal Research Meeting

For the first time, CNPRM has included perinatal mental health as one of it's four conference themes. We encourage all perinatal mental health researchers and trainees to come and demonstrate how important this topic is to advance perinatal health.

Read more | Register

Jun 2 Great Minds: Building a Community of Perinatal Mental Health Researchers in Canada

This CNPRM networking session was organized by the WHRC's Perinatal Mental Health Working Group. It aims to build new connections between perinatal mental health academics, facilitate the exchange of knowledge on key topics and highlight how research is used in advocacy. You may attend this event by either registering for the entire CNPRM conference, or registering *only* for the networking event (free) here.

3-5 pm PST | Read more

In the Know


Postpartum thoughts of infant-related harm and obsessive-compulsive disorder: relation to maternal physical aggression toward the infant (Fairbrother N, Collardeau F, Woody SR, Wolfe DA, & Fawcett JM, 2022).

Screening for perinatal anxiety using the childbirth fear questionnaire: A new measure of fear of childbirth (Fairbrother N, Collardeau F, Albert A, & Stoll K, 2022).

The childbirth fear questionnaire and the wijma delivery expectancy questionnaire as screening tools for specific phobia, fear of childbirth (Fairbrother, N., Albert, A., Collardeau, F., & Keeney, C., 2022)

High prevalence and incidence of obsessive-compulsive disorder among women across pregnancy and the postpartum (Fairbrother N, Collardeau F, Albert AY, Challacombe FL, Thordarson DS, et al., 2021)

Screening for perinatal OCD: A comparison of the DOCS and the EPDS. assessment (Fairbrother N, Albert A, Keeney C, Tchir D, & Cameron RB., 2021)

Study Recruitment

The Perinatal Anxiety Research Lab is recruiting participants for the Perinatal Anxiety Screening Effectiveness Study (PASS RCT) to learn more about the impact of screening for perinatal anxiety, and anxiety related disorders (AD), on mental health symptoms and treatment engagement. If you're 18 or older and are pregnant (third trimester) or have a newborn under the age of 21 weeks, register for the study here.

New Members

We’d like to formally welcome the following new members to our cluster. We’re happy to have you working alongside us to advance women’s health!

  • Erin Goionet, Master’s student, University of Calgary (Canada)

  • Annaliese Beery, PhD candidate, University of California Berkley (United States)

  • Melissa Perreault, Associate Professor, University of Guelph (Canada)

  • Monika Novak Pavlic, PhD candidate, McMaster University (Canada)

  • Rory Marshall, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Dr. Patricia Janssen, Professor, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Anam Shahil, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto (Canada)

  • Madison Bittner, Master’s student, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Bibiana Kemerer, Master’s student, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Dwayne Tucker, PhD candidate, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Tessa Woodside, Undergraduate student. University of Calgary (Canada)

  • Nada Alaifan, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia (Canada)

  • Rozina Somani, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto (Canada)

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