Our goal is to act as a singular point of referral within our community (for members of the public & medical professionals) who are needing resources or support in building a recovery plan. We also work diligently to increase awareness and reduce stigma surrounding Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD’s), organize ongoing educational opportunities and resources for those who work with new families. And most importantly, create sustainable pathways to treatment and support here in Regina.
Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMAD’s), which includes Postpartum Depression (PPD), Anxiety, OCD, Panic, PTSD and even in rare cases Psychosis, currently affect 1 in 5 new mothers making these illnesses one of the most common birth complications to date. When left untreated, their impact can be lifelong. For children, this includes delays in cognitive development, increase risk of behavioural and emotional difficulties, and increase risk of mental health complications later in life. Meanwhile, many mothers experience intense feelings of guilt as they are aware their mental health is affecting their children yet they don't have the tools to buffer these negative side effects.
Social support is a fundamental component of the recovery process because it offers a unique, NON-CLINICAL form of support for new mothers when they need it most. Evidence continues to confirm that consistent social support greatly reduces the severity of perinatal mood & anxiety disorders. Our Perinatal Health Coordinator offers this type of support through our weekly support group (Online/ In-person) as well as one-on-one support during a private wellness session.