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Mental Health After Pregnancy

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.

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health has created an infographic with information about perinatal mental health and statistics for Perinatal Mental Health in Hastings and Prince Edward Counties.

Getting Help

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.

Beststart.ca

Best Start Canada offers a helpful online brochure titled Life with a New Baby is Not Always What You Expect.

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.

Need More Information About Mental Health After Pregnancy?

Contact our CARELine at 613-966-5500 or 1-800-267-2803, ext. 223

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Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 who have not yet had a first dose, or those who meet the minimum second dose interval are now eligible to attend HPEPH walk-in clinics. To view the schedule, visit the Booking and Eligibility Page.

If you attended a clinic and did not receive an email copy of your vaccination receipt you can download a copy off the provincial booking site at covid19.ontariohealth.ca.

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Individuals turning 12 and over in 2021 can also receive their vaccination at participating local pharmacies. Please visit covid-19.ontario.ca/vaccine-locations for location and registration information.

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