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I’m Dawn Kingston, an Associate Professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada. My mission is to help women to live their lives to the fullest – at work and in life.

I hold a Research Chair through Alberta’s only women’s hospital and the University of Calgary (The Lois Hole Hospital for Women Cross-Provincial Chair in Perinatal Mental Health). This position allows me to concentrate on the two things I love most:

  1. Helping pregnant women to have strong emotional health so that they can be the parent they want to be, and so their children can have the best start in life….for the greatest chance of success throughout their lives.
  2. Developing leaders who will make their mark in this field.

On this blog, I’ll share my research and writing on both of these topics.

In the section, Prenatal Emotional Health, I’ll share answers to questions that I hear over and over again from women, their families and their prenatal care providers, such as:

  • Do other women struggle with anxiety or depression when they’re pregnant?
  • How do I know if my emotions are normal for pregnancy – or something more?
  • How do I know if I’m struggling with anxiety or depression?
  • What should I do if I’m having feelings of anxiety or depression?
  • What causes prenatal depression and anxiety?
  • How do I know if I’m at risk to become depressed or anxious when I’m pregnant?
  • Should I take medications for anxiety or depression while I’m pregnant?
  • Will my baby be harmed by my anxiety or depression?
  • How can I keep emotionally healthy after I have my baby?

If these are questions you have, this is the place for you!

In the section, The Essential Academic, I’ll write about topics such as:

  • Essentialism – How to make focused, intentional choices that allow you to have a high-impact career; how to protect these choices in the midst of pressing commitments and time constraints; how to develop a clear personal vision that reflects your values and identity and forms the basis of your motivation, sustainability, and inspiration
  • Efficiency – How to maximize your work habits to get the most impact for your “return on investment;” how to design an annual plan of well-defined goals that provides a clear, manageable direction, allowing you to move forward year after year
  • Effectiveness – How to build and lead effective, productive, collegial teams
  • Playing big – How to identify and manage internal “hold-backs” that prevent you from accomplishing your goals and moving forward the way you want to, as well as how to have influence

If you are interested in growing in these areas, this is the place for you.

What You Can Expect

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