Log in


October 5, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Perinatal Support Skills Workshop 
presented by Sheila Duffy and Anna Chambers


There is a marked increase of perinatal mood disorders, especially anxiety, since March 2020. This is not surprising as we know many new families have had a decrease in support and an increase in isolation during the COVID-19 reality. We will explore some of the issues arising due to the pandemic and how care providers can help support struggling pregnant and postpartum participants during this difficult time.

Key takeaways for attendees:   
Provide care providers with an understanding of perinatal depression (PND) so they can support and refer pregnant and postpartum individuals for help. By completion of the session, participants will be able to: 

  • Define PND, its prevalence, signs & symptoms & risk factors. 
  • Understand the societal context of motherhood as it relates to PND & the implications of not getting help. 
  • Describe the role of care providers in supporting pregnant and early parenting individuals with PND.

About the presenters:

Sheila DuffyDirector of Pacific Post Partum Support Society has over 24 years of experience as a postpartum support group facilitator, telephone support counsellor and educator. She is dedicated to the society’s mission to provide support and end the isolation and distress experienced by many women and their families with the profound life change that accompanies the birth or adoption of a child. She has a tremendous gift at facilitating challenging topics and building empathy for stigmatized mental health issues. She has facilitated numerous postpartum community workshops and trainings across B.C. and Canada. Sheila resides in Vancouver with her husband and two children.

Anna Chambers
has a BA in Education and has taught elementary and high school students for 20 years. She became involved with Pacific Post Partum Support Society 10 years ago and her passion has been working with new mothers and parents dealing with perinatal mental health issues. She now works as a postpartum support group facilitator, telephone support counsellor and outreach educator. Anna lives in Surrey with her two teenage children.

Teal coffee mug sitting on table next to open laptop. Laptop screen is open to a virtual meeting showing images of all meeting participants. Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash

Schedule already booked?
Can't attend the full day?

Don't worry - we've got you covered! All paid registrants will receive access to the recorded session for 15 days following the conference.

Did you know that BCAPOP's primary source of revenue comes from events?  So...if you are hoping for that "in-person pre-conference feeling", and planning to watch with a group, a friendly reminder that all viewers / attendees must have a paid registration.* AND - please be safe and follow any and all physical distancing protocols that are in place at the time!.

BC Association of Pregnancy Outreach Programs
MAILING ADDRESS: c/o United Way | 286 Tranquille Road | Kamloops BC | V2B 3G3
www.bcapop.ca | popinfo@bcapop.ca | 250-572-2191

Charitable Registration Number: 82153 3072 RR0001

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software