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Self care guides

A guide to emotional health in pregnancy and early motherhood for Aboriginal women and their families

A cognitive behaviour therapy-based self-management guide for women and health care providers.  

Factsheets

Women can experience depression during pregnancy or after the birth of a baby. Depression is a medical condition. It important for a woman to seek help if she is concerned about her mood.

Many women feel sad, overwhelmed and tearful. Sometimes it is hard to know if the changes to mood are due to normal “baby blues” or a more serious postpartum depression.

In the past people thought pregnancy only made women feel happy and could even protect against depression. We now know this is not true. Many women can feel tired, sad and can actually be depressed during pregnancy.  

Practice guidelines

A guide to emotional health in pregnancy and early motherhood for Aboriginal women and their families

This is a manual for healthcare clinicians who care for women during their reproductive years. It describes best practices for the care of women with depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders, including postpartum psychosis during pregnancy or postpartum (up to one year) period.

Resources for professionals

A Healthcare provider making a referral should download, print and fax to the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program when completed.  The Program does not accept online referrals. 

Journey to Perinatal Well Being: e Tools and Resources to Identify and Support Women with Perinatal Depression and Anxiety is an online course and suite of practice support resources for public health nurses (and other health and social service providers who work with perinatal women and families) to build capacity to provide responsive support services for women and families experiencing perinatal depression and anxiety.

This program serves pregnant women and moms who have a history of trauma that may affect a mom’s ability to bond with her child. The purpose of the program is to help those moms repair attachment wounds. 

Other resources

A Healthcare provider making a referral should download, print and fax to the BC Reproductive Mental Health Program when completed.  The Program does not accept online referrals. 

This program serves pregnant women and moms who have a history of trauma that may affect a mom’s ability to bond with her child. The purpose of the program is to help those moms repair attachment wounds. 

This website is intended to help dads and families by providing firsthand information and guidance through the experience of PPD.  This site also includes information and resources that can be used by professionals to assist families dealing with PPD.