We help people struggling with a Perinatal mood and anxiety disorder, connect to supports as soon as possible that are either low-cost or free. The Perinatal period includes trying to conceive a baby, being pregnant and welcoming a baby into your family. Different challenges can occur during the Perinatal period including:
Mood and anxiety disorders; which include depression, anxiety, OCD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD and Psychosis.
Losing or releasing a pregnancy
Going through fertility treatments
Losing a baby during or after delivery
Experiencing a traumatic delivery
Experiencing obstetric violence
And so many more!
Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566 toll free; Text: 45645
If you are experiencing symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis this is a medical emergency; please go to your nearest Emergency Room or seek emergency support.
How We Can Help
If you relate to any of the above Perinatal challenges then you’ve come to the right place. Take a deep breath and just know that you are not alone, we are here to help.
It can be very confusing to navigate the health care system in Ontario so you can Contact a Support Planning Specialist for help in getting connected to local OHIP-covered programs. We will listen non-judgementally and from there we can help you plan what kind of support you're looking for and how to find it.
Join our Peer Support Group on FB, where you can get support from other parents in Ontario who have also experienced challenges with a mood or anxiety disorder in the Perinatal period. Our group is LGTBQ+ inclusive.
From May to December 2022 we have two amazing students from Yorkville University who are offering pay-what-you-can ($0-25) online therapy for all people in Ontario. To learn more or book a free meet and greet phone call with Maria Cristina click here. To learn more or book a free meet and greet phone call with Kate click here.
We understand that sometimes it takes time to get connected to community programs or individual therapy and so we have some Therapeutic E-Learning Courses that you can enroll in for FREE right away. Check them out here.
Laine Halpern Zisman (she/her) is a queer doula at Perinatal Wellbeing Ontario. She is happy to support anyone in LGBTQ+ communities in finding resources, supports, and local community agencies from fertility planning to the postpartum period. Contact Laine here.
Our resident doulas Laine Halpern Zisman and Shari Misner-Ghosh are happy to answer any questions about doula care during fertility, pregnancy, or postpartum journeys. Contact Laine here and Shari here.
Check out the Resource page for more information about Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders as well as a Discussion Tool that you can use to track your symptoms and talk to your health care provider about. There is also a list of community resources by region, that we continue to update.
Do you need help finding support in your area or online? Contact Us and we'll help you with your support planning!
If you are in crisis please seek emergency support.