Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Pregnancy

4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

It is normal to have mood changes in the days and first weeks following the birth of your baby. Remember…this does not mean that you have or will have postpartum depression or anxiety (PPD/A). Here's the 4 differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression? 1. How common are baby blues? Baby Blues - Occurs in… Continue reading 4 Differences between Baby Blues and Postpartum Depression

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Managing stress, anxiety, and depression over the holiday season

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

Baby's First Year · Emotional Health · Parenting

Postpartum depression & infant attachment: What you need to know

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

Emotional Health · Pregnancy

Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!

Susan struggled with her mood during pregnancy.  When she first felt herself slipping during the fourth month, she reached for her 'bag of feel good tricks'.  She posted cheerful photos on Facebook, went for walks outside, cooked dinner, and drank kale smoothies. None of it helped. Although Susan's husband adored her and was a terrific… Continue reading Depression during pregnancy – it’s real…get help!

Emotional Health · Parenting

Spread the word – May 3rd is Maternal Mental Health Day

As a Public Health Nurse, I work with women who are dealing with depression or anxiety related to being a new mother.  Here are a couple of direct quotes from new mothers that I'd like to share… "I have to be strong for my kids, I have to prepare everything for them to be healthy… Continue reading Spread the word – May 3rd is Maternal Mental Health Day

Emotional Health · Parenting

Do I have postpartum depression or anxiety? What’s the difference?

Looking back, you were so excited on the day of your baby's birth…she was so small and perfect, just what you expected.  The breastfeeding took some time to master, but it got better.  Now 3 months later you are constantly worried:  "Am I doing this right?  Is she getting enough milk?  Is there something wrong… Continue reading Do I have postpartum depression or anxiety? What’s the difference?

Emotional Health · Parenting

Postpartum depression & anxiety:  Do I need medication?

Susan is a mother of 2 and experienced depression after the birth of her 1st child and again in her current postpartum period.  She has struggled with depression for most of her life… During a support group, Susan mentioned that her doctor suggested medication but she is worried about becoming addicted.  She doesn't believe in… Continue reading Postpartum depression & anxiety:  Do I need medication?

Emotional Health · Parenting

Just had a baby? Having unwanted or scary thoughts?

You just had a baby and you're having thoughts that are scaring you.  They're repeating thoughts or images that don't make any sense.  They could be of bad things happening or harm coming to you or your baby.  You're wondering, why would I think of such a thing?  Am I going crazy? YOU are not your… Continue reading Just had a baby? Having unwanted or scary thoughts?

Emotional Health · Parenting

Postpartum Depression: You didn’t cause this to happen

As a public health nurse I speak to many parents struggling with their adjustment to being a new parent.  They experience many different feelings, ranging from joy and excitement to guilt and sadness. Sometimes these feelings become so difficult that they start to feel overwhelmed and helpless. Many times it is the partner who is… Continue reading Postpartum Depression: You didn’t cause this to happen

Emotional Health · Parenting

Why a happy parent makes for a happy baby

As a nurse, one of my favourite things about delivering parenting programs in Toronto is hearing the personal stories of new parents caring for their children, and the things they learn along the way. There's one story in particular that sticks out to me, and it's one that I share with most new parents I meet in my… Continue reading Why a happy parent makes for a happy baby