- Have you recently had a baby?
- Are you feeling overwhelmed, exhausted, confused, sad and or anxious?
- You may be experiencing post partum depression. Help is available!
Contact your health care provider (family physician, midwife, nurse, OB/GYN, psychiatrist, private therapist) or
- Brantford General Hospital (24 hours) 519-752-7871
- Mental Health Crisis Support (24 hours) 519-759-7188 or 1-866-811-7188 ?
- Telehealth Ontario (24 hours) 1-866-797-0000 or TTY 1-866-797-0007
- Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) 519-753-4937
- Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) 519-752-2998
- Family Counselling Centre of Brant 519-753-4173
For more information on these services or to find parent and child programs near you call the Ontario Early Years Centre: Brant 519-759-3833 or Kids Can Fly 519 448 1713
One in 6 women will experience a degree of post partum depression.
It is the most common complication of child bearing!
YOU ARE NOT ALONE! IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT! THERE IS HOPE! THERE IS HELP!
- Post Partum Depression is different than Baby Blues which typically impacts women within the first week after delivery. It may not appear til 4 weeks post partum or even later and does not go away within a few days.
- Some women have a greater risk of PPD and this may include single moms, teen moms, newcomer immigrants, aboriginals, lesbians, women who have a family history of depression, etc. It is also a risk for women who have little or no support at home, are having their second child or are experiencing additional life stress.
- Confidential help is available and we can help guide you to local resources. Call Sharon 519 448 1713 or Jane 519 755 9482
Common symptoms of PPD (usually starts to show up about 4 weeks after delivery.)
Do not feel yourself
Are sad and tearful. May not be able to stop crying
Feel exhausted, but unable to sleep even when the baby is sleeping
Have changes in eating
Feel overwhelmed and can’t concentrate
Have no interest or pleasure in activities you used to enjoy
Feel hopeless or frustrated
Feel restless, irritable or angry
Feel anxious – you may feel this as aches, chest pain, shortness of breath, numbness, tingling or “lump” in the throat
Feel guilty and ashamed, thinking you are not a good mother
Not be bonding with the baby, or be afraid to be alone with the baby
Have repeated scary thoughts about the baby