Here is a list of mental health resources to help during this difficult time:
Best Start by Health Nexus is pleased to share a recorded webinar for parents and expecting parents: Being Pregnant and Having a Baby during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Information is presented by a midwife and a lactation consultant. Question from parents are answered by the experts and a number of current online resources are shared.
“As someone who is a control freak, I feel very out of control right now. Nothing about this ‘new normal’ is in my control and this leads to major spikes in my anxiety. The not knowing how long any of this will last or what life will look like two months from now, and the thought of having my son home indefinitely even through the summer when he should be at camp makes my depression come out of hiding.”
Join Prenatal & Pediatric RMT, Heather Alexander, for a weekly, live and interactive social gathering, featuring weekly topics and guest speakers. 🤱 Stay socially connected, keep your mind active and discuss relevant topics that matter to you most.
📍Where: In the comfort of your own home, brought to you by ZOOM
📅When: Every Wednesday, 1-2PM, starting April 8.
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✔️Postpartum Pelvic Floor Health
✔️Postpartum Mental Health
✔️Infant and Toddler Feeding and Nutrition
✔️Toddler Toilet Training
🔗Register for the “Blueberry Mommy Meet-up” at https://www.blueberrytherapy.ca/book-now
💲Single Session $10
💲Recording Only $10
💲Monthly Membership $35
Once registered, your confirmation email will include a link to the Zoom Call where you can sign on at the designated time to join the fun!🥳
📧Contact Heather directly for more information firstname.lastname@example.org
Written by Ryan J Van Lieshout, MD, PhD, FRCP(C)
Canada Research Chair in the Perinatal Programming of Mental Disorders 👉 “Despite these challenges, there are a number of ways that women with postpartum depression can reduce the impact of COVID-19 on their mental health. Indeed, this pandemic may even provide new opportunities for women and their families to flourish. A range of online resources also currently exist to support women with postpartum depression. Several provide support via telephone or text, and apps such as Peanut (a social networking app for mothers), MindMum and Lifeline4Moms may be of assistance to women who are struggling. Multiple cognitive behavioural therapy programs are also available for free online, including the British Columbia Reproductive Mental Health Program and Moodgym.”
Suzanne King, a professor of psychiatry at McGill University a researcher with the Douglas Research Centre, reminds us that we need to focus on preventing post-COVID health impacts by better looking after pregnant women in this time of heighten stress. King’s ongoing research on the January 1998 ice storm follows more than 180 children whose mothers were pregnant during the crisis. She found these children suffered some developmental delays as a result of their prenatal exposure to acute stress, in such areas as IQ, motor skills and bilateral coordination.
Newfoundland 👉 Sign up for Zoom weekly peer support groups for expecting or new parents (until 1 year age). Email email@example.com – Starts April 8th at 3 pm – Moderated by Dr. Shannon Edison (Psychologist with the Beacon Centre), Dr. Archana Vidyasankar (Psychiatrist), and Emma Duke (Doula, Social Worker) 💙💚💜
Created by CPMHC National Committee member Dr. Sachiko Nagasawa 👉 A free workbook for anyone to help cope with the stress and anxiety associated with COVID-19. Downloadable from https://www.baypsychology.ca/workshops. Dr. Nagasawa’s only request is that people who use the workbook engage in one random act of kindness. 💙💚
World Health OrganizationFrom the World Health Organization: All pregnant women, including those with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 infections, have the right to high quality care before, during and after childbirth. This includes antenatal, newborn, postnatal, intrapartum and mental health care.
A safe and positive childbirth experience includes:
💙 Being treated with respect and dignity;
💚 Having a companion of choice present during delivery;
💙 Clear communication by maternity staff;
💚 Appropriate pain relief strategies:
💙 Mobility in labour where possible, and birth position of choice.
If COVID-19 is suspected or confirmed, health workers should take all appropriate precautions to reduce risks of infection to themselves and others, including hand hygiene, and appropriate use of protective clothing like gloves, gown and medical mask.
Pacific Postpartum Support Society:
Click here: http://postpartum.org
Big White Wall (BWW) is an online community that offers free, peer-to-peer support for anyone dealing with anxiety, depression or other mental health issues.
Canadian Mental Health Association:
Five basic tips to help individuals experiencing heightened mental health concerns to remain calm and balanced as this public health situation unfolds.
Postpartum Support International:
👉 Postpartum Support International has created additional online support groups during this difficult time. They are free and open to the public. Participants need to create a Support Group Central account and register for the group of their choice.
Find a health care practitioner that can provide therapy:
The Postpartum Stress Center
The Postpartum Stress Center is holding virtual support group sessions. Check their Facebook page for updates:
U.S. National Perinatal Association:
Private Facebook Support Group run by CPMHC co-founder Patricia Tomasi: