Experiencing Mental Health Issues and Creating a Community of Support with Lisette and Catherine
Content Warning: Intrusive thoughts, birth trauma, postpartum depression, postpartum anxiety, OCD, postpartum OCD, intrusive thoughts/compulsions around sleep and food, challenges with nursing, rage, trauma, fear, NICU experience, and some swearing.
Hello and welcome to Perinatal Wellbeing episode #12! Today I’m talking with Lisette and Catherine from Together Waterloo, Together came out of a desire to increase the services available to families struggling with perinatal mental health in Waterloo Region. Their goal is to increase support systems, educate health care providers, and build a village so that no parent is left behind. In part 1 of this episode Catherine and Lisette share their experiences in the perinatal period and the mental health challenges they faced.
Lisette Weber is a postpartum doula, the Social Media Manager for PSI and co-founder at Together Waterloo along with Catherine Mellinger an expressive arts therapist. They are both trained in Perinatal Mental Health and are making things happen in this space!
3:26 - Catherine’s story
6:08 - Symptoms of OCD in pregnancy, intrusive thoughts
18:32 - Healthcare Practitioner Experiences; mental health and pregnancy screening
37:57 - Lisette’s birth story, birth trauma, postpartum experience, challenges with nursing,
44:15 - Lack of supports in her area and discovering the need for more supports
Together Waterloo https://togetherwaterloo.ca/
The Climb https://togetherwaterloo.ca/cotd-waterloo/
Reproductive Life stages Program at Women’s College Hospital Toronto