Rosa Caporicci is a registered psychotherapist in private practice in Montreal, Quebec specializing in reproductive mental health. She received her M.A. in Counselling Psychology from McGill University, and went on to do post-graduate training in the areas of perinatal mood & anxiety disorders and perinatal loss with organizations such as the Postpartum Stress Centre, Postpartum Support International (PSI) and the Perinatal Loss & Death Alliance (PLIDA). Inspired by her own lived experience she has chosen to work exclusively with women and families dealing with perinatal and postpartum difficulties, and with women and families who are confronting loss whether due to miscarriage, pregnancy interruption, stillbirth, infertility or neonatal death. She has in recent years collaborated with the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) to develop and deliver a perinatal and neonatal loss support group, as well as creating support groups for infertility and the postpartum period . Finally, she is an active member of PSI, PLIDA, the Marcé Society of North America (MONA), the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS) and Fertility Matters Canada.
Catherine is a strong-willed, passionate and dedicated person, mom, partner and social worker. A few years ago, she experienced a life-changing episode of severe postpartum depression after the birth of her first child and, sadly, had to fight to get someone to take her seriously. After seeing both a social worker and psychologist who wrote her off as having « baby blues », she was eventually hospitalized in a psychiatric institute, spending several days there without being allowed to see her month-old son. Thankfully, she had a few very supportive people in her life who were there to care for her and her son throughout the hospitalization and afterwards. This ordeal has profoundly affected her and has made her realize that as it stands, perinatal health and social services in Canada are utterly lacking in appropriate and adapted care. Her main goal in being part of this committee is not only to raise awareness of the existence and prevalence of perinatal mental health issues, that still seem to be somewhat taboo, but also to demand that our government take better care of new parents and their babies.
Dr. Saba Sagliker Kose completed her Family Medicine Residency and became a specialist in 2017 in Turkey. During her residency, she conducted an internship in Montreal Neurological Institute & Douglas Mental Health University Institute, worked on Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder’s (ADHD) relations with cortical thickness and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Dr. Saba Sagliker Kose’s research focus is in area of early childhood development support and maternal mental health protection in primary healthcare settings. Her thesis underlined the mother’s knowledge deficiency in early childhood development and its stressful effects on mothers and young families. She awarded by a national grand to create a guideline for leading healthcare professionals how to support mothers throughout perinatal period. In the meantime, she became a board member of Turkish Association of Family Physicians, worked for creating public and professional awareness of perinatal wellbeing and accentuating its importance to lawmakers. She is passionate about bringing whole family around the table -especially including the fathers- to discuss about their wellbeing after the birth of their baby. She currently conducts a clinical internship in Foundation du Dr. Julien to experience social pediatric aspects for supporting families locally.