Expecting or New mother - Resources

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Web links



  • When Baby Brings the Blues: Solutions for Postpartum Depression by A. Dalfen. Wiley, 2009.

  • The Smiling Mask : Truths about Postpartum Depression and Parenthood by O’Reilly, Paterson, Bird and Collins

  • Inconsolable: How I Threw My Mental Health Out With The Diapers by Marrit Ingman. Seal press, 2005

  • Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression by Brooke Shields. 2005

  • Conquering Postpartum Depression: A Proven Plan for Recovery by Ronald Rosenberg, Deborah Greening, James Windell. Perseus Publishing, 2003

  • Beyond the Blues: Prenatal & Postpartum Depression: a Treatment Manual by Shoshana S. Bennett and Pec Indman. Moodswings Press, 2002

  • Women's Moods: What Every Woman Must Know About Hormones, the Brain, and Emotional Health by Deborah Sichel, M.D. and Jeanne Watson Driscoll, M.S., R.N., C.S. Quill, 2000

  • Help, Comfort & Hope after Losing Your Baby in Pregnancy or the First Year by Hannah Lothrop. Perseus Publishing, 1997

  • Shouldn't I Be Happy: Emotional Problems of Pregnant and Postpartum Women by Shaila Misri. The Free Press, 1995

  • This Isn't What I Expected: Overcoming Postpartum Depression by Karen Kleiman and Valerie D. Raskin. Bantam, 1994


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Web links

Mental Health Helpline gives you mental health services including counselling in your area at www.mhsio.on.ca

Motherisk is a service that can give you information about the safety or risk of drugs during pregnancy and lactation. You can contact them at www.motherisk.org

Pacific Postpartum Support Society. A website for mothers experiencing postpartum related mood disorders. The site offers information and suggestions for assistance.

Postpartum Support International. A website for mothers and fathers experiencing postpartum related mood disorders. The site offers information and suggestions for assistance.

Online PPD Support Group

The Postpartum Stress Center. The Postpartum Stress Center is a US-based facility and website that offers structured help and self-help supports for women and their families living with postpartum depression. www.postpartumstress.com

  • Mother Reach. A website with information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Mother Reach also offers face-to-face services in the Middlesex-London area of Ontario. www.helpformom.ca
  • The Canadian Mental Health Association has information on postpartum depression and information about mental illness and positive mental health. If you need help go to the “Find Help” section and see what is available in your community. www.cmha.ca


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PPMD Symptoms
If you or someone you care about has any of these symptoms, get help, call or visit:

  • Your healthcare provider (family physician, midwife, nurse, OB/GYN, psychiatrist)

  • Your local Public Health Agency: Service Ontario 211 www.serviceontario.ca
    Telehealth: 1 866 797 0000 or TTY 1 866 797 0007

  • Mental Health Helpline: www.mhsio.on.ca or 1 866 531 2600

  • Life with a baby www.lifewithababy.com is a non-profit group of mothers available in some communities of Ontario and online that help mothers  connect with other one another for emotional and practical support. They offer events and programs such as play dates, time out for mom and family outings.

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