This beautiful Peterborough studio and shop offers a wide range of programs and products to support mentally healthy parents, babies and families. They run classes, workshops, events as well as pregnancy and postpartum doula services. It’s a great place to meet other new moms and get information and support. And their retail shop is dedicated to safe, sustainable, non-toxic products for babies, moms, and families.
Lavender and Play
This slideshow was developed by a group of Canadian moms who wanted to spread the message of support and hope to women who may be experiencing postpartum depression or other postpartum mental health difficulties. The video is a slideshow of pictures taken by real moms who have lived through postpartum mental health challenges and include their messages. It is very much worth a watch – with a box of tissues.
Postpartum Mood Disorder Awareness Slideshow
If you are in the Peterborough area, the Peterborough Child and Family Centre is an amazing organization that offers many different programs and supports at different hubs and spaces across the county, for families with children ages 0-5. Check out their calendar of programs and events, as well as the range of support available – and it’s all free to attend. They also offer many outdoor spaces and activities to promote the benefits of connecting with the natural world. It’s a great place to meet other parents with babies and children. Of note – check out their toy lending library! It’s a thoughtfully curated library of toys, books, games, and parenting resources – you’ll be amazed by the range of items you can borrow!
Peterborough Child and Family Centres
Public Health Units in Peterborough and other regions offer the Healthy Babies Healthy Children Program which offers many levels of support, including Public Health Nurses who can visit you at your home and support you with all matters of maternal, child and family health. The program is free and any parent with a new baby can access it. This link is to the Peterborough Public Health program – if you are in another region, check out your local Public Health Unit for the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program.
Healthy Babies Healthy Children – Peterborough Public Health
The Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative is an organization of volunteers in Canada who work hard at raising awareness about mental health in pregnancy and in the postpartum period. They are active in all levels of government to demand better assessment, treatment and support for women and families across Canada. They published an anthology of women’s experiences with perinatal mental health difficulties called “You Are Not Alone: An anthology of perinatal mental health stories from conception to postpartum”.
Perinatal Mental Health Collaborative
This questionnaire is used widely as a screening for postpartum depression. When completing the screen, you are thinking about your mental health over the past 7 days. This screening will also calculate your score – which tells you if minor or major depression may be present. This screening is only a guide to help you make decisions about your mental health and does not provide diagnosis. Following up with your doctor, nurse practitioner or other health care provider is important if you have concerns about your mental health.
Edinburgh Postpartum Distress Screen