Currently in Canada, hospital stays for mental health treatment in the postpartum require the separation of birthing individuals from their babies, which has been shown to be traumatic for them and baby. We would like to better understand the experience of birthing individuals who have been hospitalized for mental illness in the postpartum to help inform recommendations about how the healthcare system can best support families experiencing acute postpartum mental illness in Canada.
BUT – we want our research to be useful and informed by patient priorities. By joining our patient advisory group, we want to hear from you about our ideas,what matters most, and what you might change or improve.
We are looking for patients and family members with lived experience of mental health treatment in the postpartum and living in Alberta to work together with clinicians and researchers on this research. Some of the ways to collaborate as a member of the patient advisory group are:
This project anticipates to have the first patient advisory group meeting in Summer or Fall of 2022 and to continue for 3 years.
There will be be 3 to 4 online meetings (via Zoom with telephone in option). Most meetings will be about 1 – 1.5 hours in length. We will do our best to find times to meet that are suitable for all members.
There will be additional opportunities to provide feedback and insights between meetings either through email and/or teleconference communication, but we are also open to feedback from members if they prefer to meet in person.
Patient partners will be offered an annual honorarium for their time and essential contributions.
As this is an anticipated online opportunity, there are no direct expenses involved for travel or parking.
University of Calgary Foothills Campus
3330 Hospital Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 4N1
1702, 8215 112 St NW
Edmonton, AB T6G 2C8
The Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit operates on and acknowledges the lands that are the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. This includes the Métis Settlements and the Métis Nation of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We make this acknowledgment as a reaffirmation of our shared commitment towards reconciliation, and as part of AbSPORU’s mandate towards fostering health system transformation.