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WHCC has teamed up with The Rebel Mama Hotline, hosted by bestselling authors, O.G. mommy-group drop outs and The Rebel Mama founders, Nikita Stanley and Aleks Jassem, to present frank conversations on women’s health topics that deserve some air time.

Give the episodes a listen below!

Season 2, Episode 1 | “What’s Up With Women’s Health?”

What’s causing the gap in women’s healthcare? In S2, Ep1, we share misdiagnoses and missed diagnoses from our audience and discuss the root causes of why women don’t get the care they need. Buckle up ladies, the truth is a hard pill to swallow, but we must make our voices heard.

Thank you to the amazing women who have contributed their stories. You are brave heroes for advocating for yourselves at a time when you really shouldn’t have had to. We respect and appreciate you so much.

This episode was produced in partnership with the WHCC – Women’s Health Collective Canada, a strategic alliance founded by three of the country’s leading women’s health and hospital foundations – BC Women’s Health Foundation, Alberta Women’s Health Foundation, and Women’s College Hospital Foundation in Toronto. WHCC funds groundbreaking research and is leading a call for public support for more research and awareness of the health issues affecting women.

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Season 2, Episode 2 | “What’s Up With Menopause & Aging Well?”

Our guest Dr. Sue Ross is a professor and research scientist from the Alberta Women’s Health Foundation who offers a common sense, age positive, and more-often-than-not drug-free approach to menopause and aging well. In this conversation, she tells us what she’s observed in those who cope best with the symptoms of menopause and shares some advice based on her findings. Namely:

1) Create a community. Even 1 buddy is enough! Accept this as just another chapter in your life during which you’re going to want to be surrounded by some solid lady-friends who know what’s up – just like early motherhood.

2) Get walking (if you’re able). Even just 15 minutes a day. But make it a habit to get yourself some fresh air. Breath and movement are always the answer.

3) Figure out exactly what’s bothering you about the experience of menopause. Is it physical symptoms? Mental symptoms? Everyone is different. Deeply considering your own unique experience will help direct you to the help you actually need.

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Season 2, Episode 3 | “What’s Up With Maternal Mental Health?”

Our guest, Dr. Simone Vigod, is the head of The Department of Psychiatry at Women’s College Hospital and a leading expert in perinatal mood disorders who has conducted some of the largest studies worldwide on maternal mental illness around the time of pregnancy. Mental illness at this life stage poses unique risks to mothers and their children at a critical juncture in both of their lives. Dr. Vigod’s research is helping raise awareness about gaps in access to specialized perinatal mental healthcare, as well as identifying vulnerable populations where these gaps are most prominent.

Together we discuss maternity and mental health, breakthroughs in women’s mood disorder research that will blow your mind, how anxiety and depression affect moms and their babies, as well as the importance of access to treatments and resources for all.

Read more about Dr. Vigod and access her work here:

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Season 2, Episode 4 | “What’s Up With Women’s Sexual Health & Fertility?”

Our guest, Dr. Lauri Brotto, is a professor in the UBC Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and a registered psychologist. She is the executive director of the Women’s Health Research Institute of BC located at BC Women’s Hospital and holds a Canada Research Chair in Women’s Sexual Health. She is the director of the UBC Sexual Health Laboratory where research primarily focuses on developing and testing psychological and mindfulness-based interventions for women with sexual desire and arousal difficulties and women with chronic genital pain.

On this episode we will be discussing our favourite topic of all: Sex!

We chat with Dr. Brotto about the pandemic’s effect on sex with a partner (and without), dwindling libidos post-kids (good times), reframing the brain as the main sexual organ (especially for the ladies), arousal and desire in men vs. in women, arousal and fertility, and more!

Read more about Dr. Lori Brotto and her work here:

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