As a Public Health Nurse, and mother myself, I will be the first to admit having a new baby arrive in the family can come with mixed emotions. With all the love and excitement babies bring, new parents can also feel stressed, anxious, exhausted, and sad. It's often hard to know if your feelings are… Continue reading Mental health support during pregnancy and after birth
This may be your first pregnancy, or your fourth baby – depression and anxiety can happened to anyone. Many new parents who are struggling don't get the help they need…some because they are ashamed and feel they should be enjoying their pregnancy or new baby, and some because they just don’t know where to start… Continue reading Feeling sad or stressed? Find out where to get support in Toronto
Becoming a father is a big life change, there are many things to learn and adjust to in your new role. Along with all the excitement and joy of having a baby, fatherhood may also bring sleepless nights, lack of routine, and unexpected stress between you and your partner. When everyone's focus is on baby… Continue reading Depression and anxiety in fathers
Every year during the first week of May we recognize Mental Health Week in Canada. This week is meant to help the public learn, share, and promote the important issue of mental health. May 2 is World Maternal Mental Health Day On this day, organizations from around the world are making efforts to recognize and promote… Continue reading Recognize and support maternal mental health
"I'm just going to check on the baby one more time, I want to make sure he's still breathing." "Wait! Let me hold her, you may drop her if you don’t hold her tight enough." "What if the bathwater is too hot and I burn my baby?" Have you had thoughts like this about… Continue reading Motherhood and scary thoughts: How are these connected?
Maria moved to Toronto six months ago. She is a new mother of a two month old baby girl. She and her husband are feeling the stress of a new country, a new baby, and no family to help. Maria speaks little English and isn’t sure where or how to get help from her new… Continue reading New to Canada? Just had a baby and feeling lost and alone?
As I walked through Costco this past August, I couldn't help but notice this season's holiday gear making its way onto the shelves. Everything from gifts to decorations, cards, and wrapping paper – 'seriously' I asked myself? How can we be thinking of the holidays when we're still supposed to be soaking up the summer… Continue reading Managing stress, anxiety, and depression over the holiday season
Most parents imagine a strong, healthy bonding and attachment phase with their babies after birth. They are aware that babies need love and attention, as much as they need food, in order to thrive. An infant forms a secure attachment with their caregiver when the caregiver consistently responds to the needs of their infant. I… Continue reading Postpartum depression & infant attachment: What you need to know
I'm sure the last thing most new, sleep deprived parents are thinking about is squeezing exercise into an already busy schedule! However, what if I told you that it can be done as part of your regular daily routine? We all know it's important to be active but did you know that physical activity: releases… Continue reading Feeling depressed? Physical activity may help
Paternal postpartum depression is a very real condition that can happen any time after the birth or adoption of a baby. Many people don't realize that one in ten dads develop depression. It may start during your partner's pregnancy, go away after the baby's birth, and come back 3-6 months later. In fact research shows… Continue reading Is it true new fathers can experience postpartum depression?