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HOW WE CAN HELP

We help people living with a Perinatal mood and/or 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. 

Crisis Services Canada 1-833-456-4566 toll free; Text: 45645

If you are experiencing symptoms of Postpartum Psychosis this is a psychiatric emergency; please go to your nearest Emergency Room or seek emergency support.

How We Can 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 our programs or 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. 

From May to December 2023 we have six amazing students from Yorkville University who are offering pay-what-you-can ($25, $50 or $75) online therapy for all people in Ontario in the Perinatal period. Please visit our Individual Therapy Page to book with a therapist. 

 

Our Virtual Drop-in Peer Support Group is for pregnant people and parents seeking peer support in a group setting. The aim of the group is for peers to provide and receive support around Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), challenges with parenting and other challenges that present in the perinatal period. PWO facilitates a group that is welcoming, non-judgmental, and compassionate in order to be able to share authentically about our struggles. This group runs on Mondays at 7:30pm and will run bi-weekly on Zoom. Group will be facilitated by two of our wonderful peer support volunteers; Anneke van den Berg and Melissa Lindsay. Register here: 

       

In our Individual Peer Support Program, an individual will be paired with a Peer Support Volunteer who has previously struggled with a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) related to fertility challenges, pregnancy loss, pregnancy or the postpartum period. This program is not currently running.  

 

PWO provides group therapy support for people experiencing a Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder (PMAD) or symptoms of a PMAD. Please stay tuned for our next therapy group.

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.

 

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 doula Shari Misner-Ghosh is happy to answer any questions about doula care during fertility, pregnancy, or postpartum journeys. Contact 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. Download our free information brochure to learn more about the signs and symptoms of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders as well as ideas for coping skills here

If you are here to learn more about different challenges and experiences in the Perinatal period check out the Podcast or the Blog

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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.

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