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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

News, Research and Reports RELATED TO: Family Health, Pregnancy

Food Literacy Report 2017

PUBLISHED: Sunday December 31, 2017

Teenage Pregnancy Report

PUBLISHED: Thursday March 30, 2017

Upcoming Clinics and Classes RELATED TO : Baby Feeding Drop-In, Prenatal Education

Sep
10

Quinte West Baby Feeding Drop-In

September 10 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Public Health Quinte West Office

Sep
14

Belleville Baby Feeding Drop-In

September 14 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

Sep
17

Quinte West Baby Feeding Drop-In

September 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Public Health Quinte West Office

Sep
21

Belleville Baby Feeding Drop-In

September 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Public Health Belleville Office

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We are gradually resuming in-person services at HPEPH by appointment only at this time.  Please review our Service Interruptions page for more information.

All program lines and the COVID-19 information line operate Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm (excluding statutory holidays).

To assist us with our efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19, we ask anyone visiting the office for an appointment to:

  • bring a non-medical mask, physical distancing may not be possible during your appointment
  • maintain physical distance of at least 2 metres, both inside and outside the office
  • review symptoms of COVID-19, and reschedule your appointment if you have symptoms of the virus, or any other illness
  • reschedule your appointment if a family member or other close contact is ill
  • use accessible buttons to open doors, instead of handles
  • use hand sanitizer when entering and exiting the building

We have made additional changes to prevent the spread of COVID-19. If you are visiting our office for an appointment, you can be confident that we are:

  • increasing our cleaning, in alignment with heightened infection control protocols
  • considering alternatives to in-person appointments and meetings when possible
  • screening staff and visitors for symptoms of COVID-19
  • offering in-person services by appointment only to reduce traffic in office
  • ensuring staff wear masks and/or other protective equipment when seeing clients

Please continue to our website for more information about our programs and services.