Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Disorder Support Program
About 20% of individuals experience a perinatal mood disorder. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can include low mood, anxiety and irritability/anger. Symptoms can begin any time during the first year after giving birth.
Asking for help is recommended if you are struggling with emotional symptoms and adjusting to life with a newborn. Please talk to your Family Doctor or Nurse Practitioner if you are experiencing any of these symptoms and please ask to be referred to the Pregnancy and Postpartum Mood Disorders program.
Health Care Providers: Completed referral forms can be faxed to 519-837-2022. For questions about referrals or to access referral form please call 226-821-2572.
To self-refer: This program accepts self-referrals, please call 226-821-2572.
Common symptoms of a postpartum mood disorder include:
- Feeling overwhelmed, sad, inadequate, anxious, irritable or angry
- Having feelings of panic
- Not being able to sleep
- Having disturbing dreams or thoughts
- Not feeling connected to your baby
- Having dark intrusive thoughts
- Not wanting to be alone with your baby
- An initial appointment
- Follow up session(s)
- Weekly mothers’ support groups
- A monthly spouse support group
- Brief couple counselling focused on postpartum mood disorder
“I attended the Postpartum group… and found it a HUGE help towards my recovery and the biggest support. The hardest part about postpartum depression is feeling like you’re the only one with these feelings and thoughts… The group became the place where I could say anything without fear of judgement and got the support and learned the tools to help me get through my recovery.”
– Past participant, PPMD Support Group