All posts in “postpartum depression”

Depression in Pregnancy and Post-Partum Therapy

Group Name: Depression in Pregnancy and Post-Partum Therapy

Description: There are times in our life when we reach out for support . I hope that this web site will give you some information that will help you as you seek help with your concern. I believe that seeking help through therapy and counselling is a beautiful indication of a willingness to engage with the challenges facing you. It reflects the part of you that has hope. Please take your time to think about if any of my services can help you with your issues and challenges.

Arlene Vandersloot, Psychologist: I began my career as a Registered Midwife and worked in Ontario providing prenatal, labour and birth, and post-partum care. My approach is one that draws on my knowledge of the transition to parenthood and the physiological and psychological adaptation to this time in your life. We will work together to set up a schedule of visits during key points in your pregnancy to help you plan and manage your depression or anxiety. I am trained in infant-parent psychotherapy and work with infant as well. *** I do offer a sliding scale for clients who are pregnant or in the first year postpartum who are experiencing depression, anxiety or trauma related symptoms.

Where: 33 Dundonald Street | Toronto, ON M4Y 1K3

Contact: 416-904-6560 | |

Feeling Down After the New Baby: Support in Toronto for Postpartum Depression

Giving birth is not an easy feat. Pat yourself on the back, sit back and soak up all the excitement and well wishes being bestowed upon you. If after the first two weeks or so you find yourself not enjoying your baby and not being quite like your old self then it’s time to seek, talk and do.

Anxiety, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), depression and psychosis are all disorders that may triggered in the postpartum stage. It is not the ‘baby blues’ you are experiencing after you have had that chance to rest and receive help from family and friends in the initial weeks postpartum. You may find yourself feeling disconnected from your child, having intrusive thoughts about harming your child or are more worried than expected about SIDs or unintentionally hurting your child. Seek out help by visiting your doctor, calling a Toronto Public Health Nurse or click on any of the links below to get started with a support group:

Postpartum Support International
Mount Sinai Hospital
Toronto Public Health
Women’s College Hospital
Women’s Health in Women’s Hands
Regent Park Community Health Centre
Mood Disorders Association of Ontario

Talk to your partner or anyone assisting with the care of your child about how you feel and let them know how they can help. Even if you are a single mom or an adoptive mom you still need take positive steps to feeling better. Do remember that you are never alone and it is acceptable to ask for help. . Some 8-12% of women suffer from some sort of postpartum disorder. Within the city of Toronto, there is someone on the other end of a web chat, phone call, or in a chair across from you who speaks your language and is waiting to share coping strategies and provide resources useful to you. You are no less super for feeling low during postpartum; you are human. Many support groups often have help for the partners as well so you have one less thing to worry or feel guilty about. Take advantage of the resources available specific to your issue at this point in your life. Identify the need for help, get that help and move through any postpartum disorder you are experiencing.

Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Women’s Peer Support

Group Name: Mood Disorders Association of Ontario – Women’s Peer Support

Description: The Mood Disorders Association of Ontario offers free support and recovery programs to people across Ontario living with depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder. They provide drop-in peer support groups, recovery programs, family and youth clinical support, early intervention for mood disorders and psychosis and online tools focused on wellness and recovery.

The Women’s Peer Support Group: a drop-in group for women with mood disorders, including hormonal related mood disorders. The most serious of the postpartum disorders, this condition affects about 1 to 2 in 1,000 new mothers. Onset is rapid, sudden, and very dramatic, often within days to weeks of delivery. It can be characterized by psychotic depression, mania, hallucinations (hearing or seeing things that other people cannot),delusions (fixed, false beliefs), extreme confusion and suicidal thoughts. It is a serious condition that requires rapid treatment for the safety of the mother and her baby. This condition is more common in women with bipolar disorder.

Where: 602-36 Eglinton Ave. W. | Toronto, ON M4R 1A1

When: Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. and the first Monday of each month from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.

Contact: 416-486-8036 | 1-866-486-6663 |

Women’s College Hospital – Reproductive Life Stages Program

Group Name: Women’s College Hospital – Reproductive Life Stages Program

Description: Women’s College Hospital is established in women’s health – our remarkable history goes back more than a century in Ontario. We have gone through many changes in the past several years – the most recent being regaining our independent governance on April 1, 2006. This is a very exciting time for us, as we explore new and better ways to provide care to women and their families throughout every phase of their lives. Women’s College Hospital is a community dedicated to achieving leadership in women’s health in an ambulatory care setting.

Women can experience anxiety at each reproductive stage. The Reproductive Life Stages Program offers a combination of education, brief psychotherapy and medication, along with a multidisciplinary team approach, to assess and treat women and their partners. The care provided relates to mood and anxiety difficulties linked to pre-menstrual syndrome and pregnancy; postpartum depression, anxiety and psychosis; and peri-menopausal and post-menopausal psychological difficulties. Assessment and treatment is provided for:

  • premenstrual mood and anxiety difficulties
  • mood and anxiety difficulties during pregnancy
  • postpartum depression and anxiety
  • peri-menopausal or post-menopausal depression and anxiety
  • risks for perinatal mood and anxiety disorders

***A referral by a doctor or midwife is required. A client can call the number below to arrange a telephone pre-assessment with a nurse pending referral by their health-care practitioner.

Where: 76 Grenville Street, 7th floor | Toronto, ON M5S 1B2

Contact: 416-323-6400 Ext. 5635 | |

Peel Postpartum Mood Disorder Program

Group Name: Peel Postpartum Mood Disorder Program

Description: The Peel Postpartum Mood Disorder Program aims to build the community’s capacity to respond to families at risk for or experiencing postpartum mood disorder (PMD). Many women experiencing PMD don’t receive the support they need as it often goes undetected and undiagnosed. Service providers play a key role in recognizing the symptoms of PMD and referring families to the appropriate resources. Their website provides education, skill development and useful resources for service providers and families in the Region of Peel.

Treatments vary and include counselling, support, medication, therapy, and self-care. Mild to moderate PMD may respond to counselling and increased support, often found through joining a support group or through help from her partner and family.

Where: 6677 Meadowvale Town Centre Circle, Unit 60 | Mississaug, ON L5N 2R5
1801 Lakeshore Road West, Unit 101 | Mississaug, ON L5J 1J6

When: Wednesdays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. (Meadowvale). Thursdays from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. (Lakeshore).

Contact: Raji Kaur 905-459-8439 Ext. 4 | 905-567-4156 (Meadowvale) | 905-822-1114 (Lakeshore) | |

Regent Park Community Health Centre – Prenatal and Postnatal Programs

Group Name: Regent Park Community Health Centre – Prenatal and Postnatal Programs

Description: Regent Park Community Health Centre (RPCHC) was established in 1973. It is a non-profit, community-based organization dedicated to improving the health of Regent Park area residents and the community as a whole, by providing high quality, integrated primary health care services, health promotion services and community capacity building. Our priority is to reduce the health inequities experienced by low-income, immigrant & refugee, non-status and marginally-housed & homeless populations.

Women enter the CPNP program when they are pregnant and continue until their babies are 6 months old. Weekly sessions include nutrition workshops, information about pregnancy and children’s development, healthy snacks, assistance with transportation (TTC tickets) and a $10 grocery voucher.

Workshop topics cover subjects such as nutrition, health education, labour & delivery, breastfeeding, postpartum depression, infant crying and baby massage. There is support from nurses, a dietician, social workers, family home visitors and a lactation consultant. *** Serves women living north of Lakeshore, south of Gerrard, east of Church, west of River.

Where: 246 Sackville Street, Community Hall, First Floor | Toronto, ON M5A 3S4

When: Mondays from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (excluding holidays). (Registration starts at 1:00 p.m. Program starts at 1:30 p.m. sharp)

Contact: 416-362-0805 Ext. 228 | |

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