Life with a new baby is not always easy. Postpartum mood disorders are common after childbirth and can occur within the first year of giving birth. Postpartum mood disorders can include baby-blues, depression, anxiety or a more serious condition called psychosis.
Both new moms and new dads can experience changes to their mental health after the transition to parenthood. However, early support and treatment can increase the speed of recovery.
There are many resources in our community that provide support and counselling for mental health and mood disorders. Visit our Getting Help page for resources that provide general support, assessment, and intake. In addition, post-partum support services are listed below.
Best Start Canada offers a helpful online brochure titled Life with a New Baby is Not Always What You Expect.
Belleville and Quinte West Community Health Centre
Offers a Postpartum Adjustment Group for parents within their first year postpartum. It is free and open to anyone in the community. Call 613-962-0000 ext. 233 to register.
Chat with an Expert – Chats for Moms and Dads
Postpartum Support International (PSI) offers free, live phone sessions. Clients can connect with other moms and dads, and talk with a PSI expert about resources, symptoms, options and general information about perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Visit postpartum.net to learn more.