Perinatal Mental Health Resources in the Ottawa area:

Local In person resources:

  • Postpartum Support Group, Mothercraft Ottawa, Drop in service, Free of charge, Self referral, sliding fee scale

  • Ottawa Hospital Perinatal Mental Health Clinic, Ottawa Hospital General Campus, Phone: 613 – 737 – 8010
  • Physician referral, specialized program for individuals with existing or suspected mental health issues who are planning pregnancy, are pregnant, or who are new mothers. Facilitated by a multidisciplinary team of psychiatrists, psychologist, social worker, and nurse.

  • Individual and group therapy Montfort Hospital, Phone: 613-746-4621, Ext.3965
  • Referral Required, Psychiatrist specializing in perinatal mental health. Languages Served: French, English (Groups will be Francophone) Fees: None

  • Psychology Today – search for therapists in the Ottawa area
  • Therapists in Ottawa:

  • Postpartum Support International – search for therapists in the Ottawa area as well as Internationally
  • Therapists in Ottawa and Internationally:

Online Resources:

Centres for Additional Support in Ottawa:

  • Ottawa Birth and Wellness Centre
  • Monarch Maternal and Newborn Health

Resource Bibliotherapy:

  • Books by Karen Kleiman:
  • This Isn’t What I Excepted
  • What am I Thinking? Having a baby after postpartum depression
  • Dropping the Baby and Other Scary Thoughts
  • The Postpartum Husband
  • Good Moms Have Scary Thoughts
  • Moods in Motion: A Colouring and Healing Book for Postpartum Moms
  • What About Us? A New Parents Guide to Safeguard Your Over-Anxious, Over-Extended, Sleep-Deprived Relationship

  • Books by other Authors:
  • The Pregnancy Workbook: Manage Anxiety and Worry with CBT and Mindfulness Techniques: By Katayune Kaeni, Psy.D., PMH-C
  • The Pregnancy & Postpartum Anxiety Workbook: Practical Skills to Help you over come Anxiety, Obsessions, and Compulsions: By: Pamela Wiegartz, Ph.D., and Kevin Gyoerkoe, Psy.D.
  • The Fourth Trimester: a postpartum guide to healing your body, balancing your emotions & restoring your vitality By: Kimberly Ann Johnson
  • Breathe Mama Breathe 5 – Minute Mindfulness for Busy Moms: By Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW

Additional Supportive Professionals in the Ottawa Area such as:

  • Family Physicians, Obstetricians, Midwives, Naturopaths
  • Physiotherapists, Chiropractors, Osteopaths
  • Lactation Consultants
  • Doulas

Helpful Links:

* Canada Suicide Prevention Service: Call 1-833-456-4566 (24/7) or text 45645 (4pm to midnight ET)

* Ottawa Distress Centre: 613-238-3311

* National Postpartum Depression Warm line: 1-800-PPD-MOMS

* Pacific Post Partum Society Call & Text Line: 1-855-255-7999