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Research: Past and Present

Here you will find research opportunites to engage with groups in and outside of Newfoundland and Labrador. Feel free to touch base with contacts within each project for more details!

Also with so much growth and change in our province, stay in touch with the latest in research in perinatal mental health in NL right here. 

Patient Decision Aid for Antidepressant Use in Pregnancy

Deciding to start or continue an antidepressant medication during pregnancy can be a difficult and complex decision. Dr. Simone Vigod, psychiatrist and scientist at Women’s College Hospital (WCH), and her research team from across Canada have developed an interactive online patient decision tool to help women make choices about antidepressant use in pregnancy.

To evaluate the tool, WCH is looking for clinical trial participants to use and assess the web-based tool to determine its success in helping women work through this challenging decision.

You may be eligible to participate in the clinical trial if you:

  • Are planning a pregnancy or currently pregnant

  • Have been offered to start or continue using an antidepressant to treat your depression by your doctor

  • Are having problems deciding what to do

This study, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, is open to all women across Canada.

If you are interested in participating in the trial, please complete the pre-screening questionnaire: Individuals who are eligible for the trial will be contacted by the study team with details about how to access and use the tool.

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Understanding the Lived Experiences of Hope Following First Pregnancy Miscarriage

The purpose of this study is to explore the lived experiences of individuals following the miscarriage of their first pregnancy by Chelsea Hobbs, a doctoral student in the Counselling Psychology program at the University of Alberta.

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Engaging Mothers and Professionals to Make Maternal Mental Health a Critical Item in Primary Health Care

A report by Dr. Martha Traverso-Yepez & Dr. Caroline Porr on behalf of the Engaging Mothers Research Team.

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Position Statement to Enhance the Work of Public Health Nurses Related to Perinatal Mental Health in NL 

An Update on Perinatal Cannabis Use

This commentary describes populations at highest risk for use, the predictors of use, the reasons birthing people continue or stop using cannabis during pregnancy, and short- and long-term outcomes for infants and children exposed to cannabis prenatally. Our goal is to equip providers with knowledge from the literature to inform practical decision-making.

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