Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen

Dr. Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Calgary.  She received her B.A. in psychology from the University of British Columbia in 2006 and her Ph.D. from SDSU/UCSD Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology in 2013. Lianne’s research is focused on psychological and social factors that promote or detract from optimal health trajectories. She is particularly interested in the transition to parenthood and the development of preventative interventions delivered in pregnancy that will lead to optimal parental mental health outcomes. She supports a national perinatal mental health strategy and is committed to supporting research on the dissemination and implementation of best practices for preventing and treating parental mental health and relationship distress in the transition to parenthood. Her research is supported by a CIHR Early Career Investigator in Maternal, Reproductive, Child and Youth Health Award and a Career Development Award from the Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program (CCHCSP). @_FamiliesLab @ltomfohr

Dana Weatherhead

Dana is passionate about maternity care and working with the women to impact change. Dana works as a birth and postpartum doula focused on mental wellness. She is a mental health and maternity care health advocate who has worked with and continues to advise various government ministries, officials, senior healthcare executives and other key stakeholders to create awareness and change. Dana is passionate about collective healing and mental wellness (postpartum, depression, anxiety and trauma) which is complemented by her lived experience. She is the past-President of the Association for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth (ASAC) where she co-published a report on “the State of Maternity Care in Alberta”. She also co-creates various campaigns focused on the human rights issue of options in childbirth. Dana played a key role in the telling of the story of “Obstetrical Violence in Canada” featured on CBC, The National. She was the Business Development & Partnerships Consultant with the Maternal Mental Health Research Collaborative funded by the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Her main project was on understanding the importance of Peer Support Groups and the role technology plays. She was responsible for preparing business plans and governance documentation along with identifying and connecting with relevant stakeholders, including funding opportunities, at the local, national, and international level. Dana is a mother of two boys. She has a Bachelor of Commerce and is a 6 Sigma Black Belt. After Dana had children and started to experience increases in anxiety and insomnia as a new mother, she noticed she was not alone in the “fake it until you make it” theme experienced by so many mothers.  She started to see first hand we were all struggling and shared similar stories: We were tired mothers who were trying our best yet still experiencing mental health concerns and needing community. It is Dana’s goal to work with others to create these communities of collaborative support for women. She first had to start with herself. After her separation, Dana took a hard look at herself and began a deep journey into healing and self-care. It wasn’t until her kids were much older that she realized the things she was going through for so many years were likely a result of a PMAD. She, like so many others, were silently suffering under the pressure to keep up and be an unrealistic version of the perfect mother. What she found was that many women (were) experienced/ing similar symptoms and many even worse. This ignited Dana’s desire to work with women even more. She is passionate about bringing awareness to the role government, public policies, access, etc. play in a women’s maternity care experience and overall impact on reproductive and mental health. Her vision is that all women are supported and surrounded by the community they require to thrive in their lives. Dana continues to consult on various projects as well as offer Doula support, circles and one-on-one healing.