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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

A guide to frequently asked questions when deciding to take SSRIs (antidepressants) during the perinatal period.
Generalized Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common anxiety disorders experienced by women in pregnancy and postpartum.
Anxiety disorders are the most common type of mental health problem.

Practice guidelines

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.

This document presents the evidence and process behind the BC recommendation to screen all women for depression at least twice during the perinatal period (once in the antenatal and once in the postpartum period).

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

Resources for professionals

First Nations Virtual Substance Use and Psychiatry Service (FNvSUPS) FNvSUPS can be accessed by health and wellness providers by calling 1-833-456-7655. The FNvSUPS Provider Referral Guide is a quick reference overview of the service and how to access it. Contact FNVSUPS@fnha.ca with any questions.

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. 

Please note, we are currently accepting referrals for the following:

  • Pregnancy 
  • Postpartum (up to one year postpartum)
  • Pre-pregnancy/Medication Consultation
  • PMS/PMDD (this is a one-time educational session)

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.

Other resources

Maternity and Babies Advice Line (MaBAL) - resource for rural and remote First Nations communities https://www.fnha.ca/what-we-do/ehealth/maternity-and-babies-advice-line

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. 

Please note, we are currently accepting referrals for the following:

  • Pregnancy 
  • Postpartum (up to one year postpartum)
  • Pre-pregnancy/Medication Consultation
  • PMS/PMDD (this is a one-time educational session)
At your first appointment, you will be seen by one of the program Psychiatrists. Our Psychiatrists are medical doctors specializing in the mental health of pregnant and postpartum women.