Newfoundland and Labrador

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Archana Vidyasankar, Newfoundland & Labrador

Hi, my name is Archana Vidyasankar and as a Psychiatrist, I have a passion for perinatal mental health. In Newfoundland and Labrador, we have one of the highest rates in Canada of anxiety and depression in pregnancy and postpartum and this motivates me every day to create change. I have been blessed to be a part of forming the Perinatal Mental Health Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador that has brought together community groups, healthcare providers, interested parties, government, educators and many more amazing, like-minded people to help support our young families. I love creating awareness and providing education for medical students, residents, physicians in various disciplines on this topic. I have recently had the opportunity to join Team Broken Earth to Dhaka, Bangladesh to provide education and workshops on perinatal mental health. Connecting with the International Marce Society for Perinatal Mental Health and the North American chapter has introduced me to opportunities and created networks and friendships that have changed my life. Being a mother, wife, daughter and friend gives a wonderful perspective and appreciation for this journey that we call life. In a province that can already be very isolating, I hope to introduce and continue the conversation to mothers, partners and families that “you are not alone”.

Krista King, Newfoundland & Labrador

Krista King is a Nurse Practitioner in Newfoundland and Labrador. A Nurse practitioner is a Registered Nurse with additional education and experience who is authorized to diagnose, order and interpret diagnostic tests, and prescribe treatments such as medication. Ms. King’s clinical focus is in primary care. She cares for patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic medical conditions such as postpartum depression. Ms. King enjoys working collaboratively with other healthcare practitioners to provide the best possible care for her patients. Ms. King is also a nursing faculty member at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is passionate about working with nursing students so that they may excel in their nursing education and continue to provide patients and families with exceptional nursing care. When she’s not helping patients, Ms. King enjoys hiking and traveling with her family.

Michelle Lester, Newfoundland & Labrador

I am a business professional and mother of two young boys in Newfoundland. I am a Labour & Birth Doula and Postpartum Doula certified through Doula Training Canada, Infant Nutrition through Deacon University and Infant Brian development through Warrick University as well as various training in breastfeeding support. I have volunteered with perinatal mental health support organization Postpartum Support International. I worked Choices for Youth Momma Moments program, a peer-to-peer support and strengths based group for young parents or pregnant mothers. It provided wrap-around support to navigate the challenges of motherhood, which they often face in addition to social isolation, financial demands, and limited social and family support. I volunteer with various support groups for new mothers within our community as well. After running a baby boutique for 10 years I discovered that new parents really were not prepared for the challenges and realities of the transition into parenthood. My passion quickly turned from the business side of retail to learning and sharing support for new parents and bringing awareness to the challenges facing those experiencing mental health issues during this new stage of adulthood.